Chase Elliott

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Chase Elliott was 6 years old, sitting on the No. 9 pit box at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his father Bill Elliott won the 2002 Brickyard 400. That victory was life-changing for Chase Elliott as his heart was set on a career in racing from that moment forward. Fast forward to 2014 when Chase became the NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion in his first full season on the tour.  Shortly thereafter, Chase was named by Hendrick Motorsports to succeed four-time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon in the famed No. 24 car starting in the 2016 season. Make no mistake, Chase earned his way to get to this position. Growing up in Dawsonville, Ga., Chase worked his way from go-karts up to late models. By age 16, he had competed against some of the best short-track racers in the nation and racked up impressive victories, becoming the youngest driver to win several regional series championships. His late model prowess earned Chase a multi-year agreement with Hendrick Motorsports to run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, a regional touring series. With support from the 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship powerhouse and his family-owned team Bill Elliott Racing, Chase became the youngest driver to race in the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.  Chase finished third in Rookie of the Year standings and fans voted a record number of times to name him the Most Popular Driver in the K&N Pro Series East. Being a fan-favorite was also something his father exceled in, as Bill Elliott was awarded the honor a record 16 times on the Sprint Cup level. To cap off the year, Chase was voted by fans as ESPN Magazine’s “NEXT” racer, which highlighted up-and-coming young athletes that ESPN considers on the cusp of stardom.  In 2013, Chase graduated up to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, becoming the youngest driver to win a race, before taking the next step up in 2014 to run full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JR Motorports as an 18-year-old.  At JRM, Chase took off — winning three races, including and epic win at Darlington where he thrilled the crowd with an incredible last lap charge to the front. He clinched the 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship in the second to last race at Phoenix and earned Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver awards along the way.  The next season, he fell just short in repeating as XFINITY champion, finishing second in driver standings.  Chase has accomplished a lot in the dozen years since that fateful day in Indianapolis. But the future look even more promising when he permanently moves up in 2016 to full-time racing in the Sprint Cup Series in the legendary #24 Chevrolet piloted by Jeff Gordon for many years at Hendrick Motorsports. Learn more about Chase at chaseelliott.com.

Career Highlights

  • 2016 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender as rookie
  • Daytona 500 pole winner (2016)
  • NASCAR XFINITY Series Runner-Up (2015)
  • Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame Star of the Year (2015)
  • NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion (2014)
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year, NASCAR XFINITY Series (2014)
  • Most Popular Driver, NASCAR XFINITY Series (2014, 2015)
  • Youngest driver to win a NASCAR national series title (2014)
  • Georgia Hall of Fame Driver of the Year (2013, 2014)
  • Only driver to win Grand Slam of super late model racing
  • Youngest race winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2013)
  • Youngest pole winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2013)
  • Youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA Racing Series (2013)
  • NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver (2011, 2012)
  • Youngest driver to win the Snowball Derby (December 2011)
  • FOXSports.com’s “NASCAR drivers under 25 to watch” list (2012)
  • Sports Illustrated’s High School Player of the Week (2011)

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Personal

Birth date is November 28, 1995…hometown is Dawsonville, Ga…son of 1988 NASCAR Cup Champion Bill Elliott, a Class of 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, and Cindy Elliott…interests are snowboarding, wakeboarding, riding dirt bikes, avid aviation enthusiast, flying planes, cheering for the Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia Bulldogs…….favorite number is 9 after the car number his father Bill Elliott drove for many years…began racing at age 8…personal website at www.chaseelliott.com.

Chase is extraordinary… I cannot think of a better driver out there to get behind that No. 24 car and make all those 24 fans proud of who’s talking over the reins.” — Jeff Gordon, 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

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News Features

NASCAR.com (2/14/2016) – Chase Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole
USA Today (2/14/2016) – Elliott welcomes pressure of replacing Gordon
Atlanta JC (1/23/2016) – Another Elliott challenges big-time racing
FoxSports.com (2/4/2015) – Elliott is ideal successor to Gordon
ESPN.com (4/16/2015) – The transformation of Chase Elliott
FoxSports.com (12/12/2014) – Elliott has right approach for success
Miami Herald (11/12/2014) – Elliott latest driver to follow father’s footsteps
USA Today (4/23/2014) – Chase making his own name in NASCAR
USA Today (4/15/2014) – 12 Questions with Chase Elliott
Indianapolis Star (4/5/2014) – Elliott arrives as NASCAR’s next big star
USA Today (6/11/2013) – Hendrick believes he’s found gem in Chase
ESPN The Magazine (4/26/2012) – Elliott keeping busy schedule
ESPN High School (4/26/2012) – The chase is on for teen driver Elliott
Bristol Herald Courier (3/15/2012) – Elliott hopes to make big impression
FoxNews.com/SPEED (2/11/2012) – Chase Elliott takes after Dad
Sports Illustrated (4/8/2011) — High School Player of the Week

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