Published on January 29th, 2015 | by Michael J Smith0
Elliott To Cup Full Time In 2016
As expected, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Chase Elliott will drive the No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series full time in 2016.
Elliott will pilot the No. 25 NAPA Chevy in five Cup series events this year, and then he will replace the departing Jeff Gordon next season in the No. 24.
Team owner Rick Hendrick said:
Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver. Not only is he a special talent inside the race car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see. Chase’s personality and demeanor make him popular with fans, teammates and sponsors. He’s a great fit for our organization on many levels, and we feel he and Alan will be a successful combination. There’s a lot to be excited about.
Elliott will drive at Martinsville Speedway in March, Richmond International Raceway in April, Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, and Darlington Speedway in September.
So many people have been behind me, and the first thing I want to do is thank them. My parents especially have believed in me every step of the way, and I know this wouldn’t be possible without all the sacrifices they’ve made to focus on my racing career. This is such a big week for our family. I’m also extremely grateful to Mr. Hendrick and my teammates at both Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports for believing in me. NAPA has been a huge supporter, and I’m honored to represent them on and off the track. Of course the fans have been amazing to me, and I’m so appreciative of that. I know how rare this opportunity is and will work as hard as I can to make everyone proud.