Tony Stewart Races "Back-To-School" in Chicagoland

Kara MartinSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2010

JOLIET, IL - JULY 09:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot Chevrolet, smiles after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LIFELOCK.COM 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway on July 9, 2010 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Be on the lookout for Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevy Impala to sport a new "Back To School" paint scheme this weekend in Chicagoland.

In a partnership with sponsor Office Depot, Stewart's ride will feature a colorful version of the typical back-to-school shopping list, complete with every child's "must have" supplies— such as pens, pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, notebooks and more.

While most of us are busy having fun in the summer sun, going back to school is truly the last thing on the minds of kids and parents alike; but before NASCAR fans know it, we'll be turning our sights from flashy, fast cars to big yellow buses.

Think of this weekend's paint scheme as a gentle reminder that school really is cool!

“It’s always fun to switch up the look on our No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy,” Stewart said. “The back-to-school paint scheme is a fun way to remind parents that they can pick up all of their children’s school supplies at any Office Depot store.”

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Stewart will start third in the LifeLock.com 400 on Saturday and being one of only two drivers to win multiple times at Chicagoland, expectations of him taking the checkered flag home for the third time are high.

In addition to promoting Office Depot's back-to-school event on the track, Stewart teamed up with the Office Depot Foundation on July 8 to present 4,200 backpacks to non-profit organizations and schools in the Chicago area.

"Stewart, who joined the Office Depot team in 2009 when the company became his co-primary sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will partner with the Office Depot Foundation for the second year in a row and help the organization donate more than 300,000 backpacks throughout the 2010 back-to-school season. The Chicago “Back-to-School Backpack Celebration” event is the first of five events that Stewart is scheduled to host across the country this year."

“I am so proud to partner with the Office Depot Foundation again this year and distribute new backpacks to so many kids in need across the country,” Stewart said. “This is a big year for the Office Depot Foundation because it is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its National Backpack Program, and I can tell you from experience how rewarding it is to see the look on these kids’ faces when they get a new backpack—it’s an automatic boost of confidence for them and helps them feel ready to take on the new school year just like everybody else.”

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