Birth date: November 28
Hometown: Dawsonville, Ga.
Hobbies: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, riding dirt bikes, avid aviation enthusiast, enjoys flying planes (solo) and he’s currently working on cross country training for his pilot’s license. Always into running, working out, and all things fitness. Also follows the Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia Bulldogs football.
For the past 35 years, the Elliott name has been synonymous with winning NASCAR races and championships. Thus, it’s only fitting and not surprising that 18-year-old Chase Elliott has strapped in behind the wheel to ensure the Elliott racing heritage lives on.
Now in the fourth year of his partnership with 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott is competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports.
Elliott, the son of 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, has already won in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series while also proving to be a favorite among fans. At the conclusion of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Chase Elliott was voted by a record number of recorded fan votes each season and named the Most Popular Driver in the K&N Pro Series East. This is something his father also exceled in, as Bill Elliott was awarded the honor a record 16 times on the Sprint Cup level. The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame voted him Driver of the Year in 2013.
The Dawsonville, Ga., native looks to start strong behind the wheel of the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet. Elliott will have new faces around as he makes the transition into the Nationwide series with a team fielded by JR Motorsports and lead by Greg Ives as his new Crew Chief.
Elliott posted a strong start to a partial schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. In his first 6 starts, Elliott’s rookie debut was the best for a true NASCAR national series rookie since the 1985 Nationwide Series season (4.3 average). By season's end, in 9 starts Elliott had earned one win, five top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He became the youngest pole winner (to date) in Camping World Truck Series history when he claimed the No. 1 starting spot at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 22. He followed up this milestone by becoming the youngest winner (at that time) in a NASCAR national series during the Truck Series’ inaugural trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sept. 1.
The young driver competed in five ARCA Racing Series events in 2013 and posted one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10s behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet. Elliott made headlines in his season debut on June 8 when he led 21 laps and won the ARCA event at Pocono Raceway. With this victory, Elliott became the youngest superspeedway winner in series history.
During the 2012 season, he captured his first career NASCAR victory on May 19 when he took the checkered flag in the K&N Pro Series East-West combination event at Iowa Speedway. Elliott followed that performance by becoming the series’ youngest pole winner to date when he took the top qualifying spot at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. At the conclusion of the 14-race season, Elliott tallied six top-five finishes, nine top-10s and was chosen again by fans as the K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver; an award he also won in 2011.
In addition to K&N Pro Series East action, Elliott also strengthened his racing resume in 2012 by adding six ARCA Racing Series events to his schedule. The young driver never finished outside the top 10 and also posted three top-five finishes, notably finishing second in his first road course event at New Jersey Motorsports Park in July. Adding another first in 2012, Elliott earned his first ARCA career pole at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sept. 15. He concluded 2012 with three top-five finishes and six top-10s in his first season.
Elliott complemented his driving duties in the NASCAR regional touring and ARCA series events in 2012 by competing in 17 late model races. He posted nine wins, 14 top-five finishes, 16 top-10s and earned five pole positions.