Hendrick Motorsports Signs Chase Elliott
CONCORD, N.C. — At 15 years old, Chase Elliott already has a contract with one of NASCAR’s biggest teams.
Hendrick Motorsports has signed Elliott, son of 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, to a multi-year contract. The youngster from Dawsonville, Ga., will continue to race for Bill Elliott Racing until meeting age requirements to enter NASCAR national series events.
Bill Elliott Racing, which previously fielded Fords, will switch to Chevrolet power with support from Hendrick Motorsports.
“The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree with Chase,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “I’ve always admired Bill’s ability in a race car and how he handled himself with the fans. I see those same traits in Chase, with his natural driving talent and an awareness of what he needs to do away from the track to be successful. He comes from a great racing family, and it shows.
“We think it’s a terrific situation. Chase already has a strong support system in place (in Dawsonville) that will allow him to focus on his education and grow as a driver, and Hendrick Motorsports will provide whatever kind of assistance the Elliotts need in any area.”
Despite his young age, Elliott has already captured several major events during his short racing career, including the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and the 200-lap event that re-opened North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway last year.
He also won the Blizzard Series late-model title at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., the Miller Lite Series late-model title at Mobile Int’l Speedway in Irvington, Ala., and the Sunoco Gulf Coast late-model championship last year.
“I’ve always been taught that teamwork and people are important, and that’s something Mr. Hendrick really believes in,” C. Elliott said. “Everyone at Hendrick Motorsports has high standards and takes a lot of pride in what they do. Racing with all of their support, and the support of my family, is going to be incredible. I’m going to work really hard to make them proud and make the most of this opportunity.”
Elliott is already two-for-two in 2011 after sweeping the CRA SpeedFest late-model features last month at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga.