NASCAR Xfinity Star AJ Allmendinger Lends Advice to Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon for Rolex 24

Published 01/23/2021, 5:30 AM EST
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Give a Hoot Chevrolet, enters his car to start the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Later this month, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is expected to kick off. On the grid, there will be an abundance of drivers, with a few hailing from the NASCAR community. Among them are Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon, who are making their debuts in the endurance championship race.

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In light of this, AJ Allmendinger spoke about the upcoming race. In addition to that, he also offered some advice to the rookie drivers.

He said, “There’s not a lot that you can take. Anything that comes to the race itself and the race track and trying to learn anything about it. They are such different cars to drive, compared to an Xfinity or a Cup car on a road course.”

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, looks on in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

However, he insisted that the Rolex 24 is a hugely prestigious race. In addition to that, preparation is important, and it does not matter which machine is being used. Additionally, the fact that Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon drove these cars will only look good on their resumes.

What else did AJ Allmendinger say about Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon?

He also admitted that even if it does not help them in the NASCAR scene, it will help in overall improvement. In other words, it could help them become more well-rounded drivers in the long run. Furthermore, they should not really expect to be quick, right off the bat.

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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)

Instead, Elliott and Dillon will try their best to gain as much experience as possible and contribute to the team. Obviously, the 24 Hours of Daytona is a team effort, so the two have to pull their weight.

Meanwhile, there are a few other NASCAR drivers who are competing in the endurance event. Aside from Allmendinger himself, Jimmie Johnson is another entrant.

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Without a doubt, all of the NASCAR drivers would love to have a competition between themselves. Mainly to see who among them will be the highest-placed NASCAR driver.

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