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Jeff Gordon visits University of Michigan to announce research partnership

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Jeff Gordon speaks to the media during a press conference during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Jeff Gordon speaks to the media during a press conference during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Four-time Sprint Cup Series champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon visited the University of Michigan on Wednesday to announce a new research partnership between the school, Axalta Coating Systems and Hendrick Motorsports.

The partnership is a five-year agreement will allow students of the Walter E. Wilson Student Team Project Center to explore the professional racing world, as well as conduct research involving the coating industry.

The research will be financially supported by Axalta, which will give students the chance to learn more in-depth about various elements of coating technology.

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The partnership will be officially launched when NASCAR visits Michigan International Speedway in August. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also drive a special Michigan Wolverines-themed paint scheme sponsored by Axalta for that race weekend.

During his visit, Gordon not only spoke to members of the Michigan Student Business Association at the Ross School of Business and toured various facilities, but he also met up with Michigan's head football coach Jim Harbaugh and the school's softball team.