NASCAR Champ Chase Elliott Lays Down Expectations Ahead of Busy Stint on Rolex 24 Opening Day

Published 01/30/2021, 7:35 AM EST
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race weekend has just begun. As the weekend rolls on, Chase Elliott is having a great debut in the endurance race. This is because he and his co-drivers managed to put the Action Express Racing car on pole position. Following the qualifying session, Elliott spoke about what the game plan is for the race.

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First and foremost, Felipe Nasr will kick off the proceedings in the #31 Cadillac from lights out. After he finishes the opening stint, he will relinquish the reins to his teammates, before they cycle through the order.

Speaking of which, Chase Elliott is expected to perform two stints before the sunset. Beyond that, nobody knows when else he will drive the car.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 13: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, stands on the grid during the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

He said, “I just want to do my part. These guys are the professionals here, and however I can help or lend a hand and do what I’m here to do. I definitely don’t want to put these guys in a bad position, to take away from the race.

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“I’m here to help in whatever way I can and hope we can have a good run, the four of us.”

How do Chase Elliott and his teammates line-up for the race?

As mentioned before, the #31 Action Express Cadillac qualified on pole position. However, the #48 car, of Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Simon Pagenaud, and Kamui Kobayashi, could only muster seventh. Of course, this is only qualifying, and the race could be a completely different story.

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Of course, nobody is expecting miracles from Chase Elliott. On the other end of the scale, he does have an experienced set of teammates to back him up. In addition to that, he has proven that he has incredible prowess on road courses. In fact, he even won the Daytona International Speedway road course Cup race in 2020.

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