Chase Elliott Addresses His Le Mans Participation While Shedding Light on Potential Blunder That NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports Face in Their Bid for the Event

Published 03/20/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Chase Elliott (#9 Hendrick Motorsports NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) addresses the media in a press conference during the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum NASCAR Cup Series race on February 05, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

One of the biggest news from the NASCAR world was Hendrick Motorsports announcing their participation in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2023. However, there was one curiosity left unsatisfied with that announcement- who would be behind the Chevy in France? This was something Chase Elliott also recently addressed.

In the pre-race press conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott was asked whether he’d be interested in driving for Hendrick in France.

And his answer was less about the specifics of his participation in Le Mans and more about the problems NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports could face next year in their bid to do so.

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“Yeah, I’m not super up-to-speed on it. Boss called me last week and said that they were going to do it, and I guess we’re probably racing on that weekend,” Elliott said.

But yeah, it’d be a lot of fun to go do that event one day. I’m not sure if it’s really possible with the way our schedule is. I don’t know a 100% how that’s going to the lineup but certainly would have interest in it,” he continued.

“But I just don’t think logistically that’s going to work for any of us but we’ll see.”

Chase Elliott is no stranger to endurance racing

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After winning the 2020 Cup Series title, Chase Elliott decided to “broaden his horizons” of racing and stepped into a different kind of machine than a stock car. First, it was his appearance at the Chili Bowl in a dirt car which he then followed by a shot at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona.

However, Elliott’s stint wasn’t something that made him an instant hit in the endurance world. It was “terrible, terrible,” in his own words.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, looks on during the qualifying heats for the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Despite that, it was an experience. An experience from which the Hendrick driver would have undoubtedly learned a lot. An experience that could come into consideration, for better or worse, for Le Mans next year.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

Edited By: Ankit Sharma

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