DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Some of NASCAR's biggest stars, including Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, became huge race supporters Friday.

Retired driver Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and William Byron joined them in rooting for a group of children with disabilities who got a chance to "race" inside Daytona International Speedway in customized cars.

The event was made possible by Axalta Coating Systems, a founding partner of the famed track, and GoBabyGo!, a national program from the University of Delaware that empowers children to become independently mobile.

It also coincided with the opening of the Axalta center injector at Daytona's revamped stadium.

"We are humbled and honored to celebrate the opening of the Axalta center injector at Daytona International Speedway by offering children and their families this unforgettable experience," said Joe McDougall, Axalta's senior vice president. "To watch the children navigate their new, custom rides in a renowned location on race weekend in our new center injector has truly created an incredible memory for all of us."

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