Over the past few weeks, Kyle Larson has gotten to know Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott much better. Larson has been helping Elliott a lot these days with the midget dirt racing experience, something the latter is very thankful for.
During this process, Larson also understood what makes Elliott so good in stock car racing. The new driver of the Hendrick No. 5 car praised the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion’s work ethic.
“You can see why he’s so good in Cup or in a stock car because he works really hard at it as a student and wants to be better. That was cool, just to communicate with him,” Larson said during an interview, ahead of the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Larson further admitted that Elliott does not hesitate to reach out to him if he wants to learn something new about midget dirt racing.
“He’s texted me randomly throughout these last few weeks. Like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’. Last night he sent me some of his onboard and trying to judge gaps. And figure out slide jobs and things like that,” Larson added.
The 28-year-old went on to say that there are aspects of this form of racing that Elliott is not used to at all. The Cup champion understands that and makes it a point to communicate with Larson to learn more. One of those aspects is trying to figure out ways of constantly passing drivers on the track.
Former Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Larson, is certain that NASCAR’s most popular driver, Elliott, will earn even more fans now.
“Seems like he’s just enjoying it…His fan base is already big and it’s about to get a lot bigger,” Larson expressed. The Chili Bowl Nationals is underway now and it will be interesting to see how Elliott performs.
Even after the event, Elliott is set to participate in other different types of events, the Rolex 24 race being another huge one. Larson is excited to see how Elliott performs in those events too.
NASCAR fans, in particular, would eagerly await the start of the 2021 Cup Series season in February. Many expect to witness some enthralling battles between Elliott and Larson.