Chase Elliott clinched the 2020 Cup Series championship for Hendrick Motorsports. However, when he was coming up in the NASCAR scene, Elliott was in the JR Motorsports stable. For the uninitiated, the JR Motorsports driver program grooms drivers for life in NASCAR, and Dale Earnhardt Jr is one of the people who started it.
Speaking about Elliott, Dale Jr said, “He came through our program here at Jr Motorsports. He came in here and raced for us for a bit and won us the championship in the Xfinity Series. We feel like we are part of his journey. Along with a lot of people, we helped him get to where he is today. When he writes his story, we’ll be a tiny part of that.”
Obviously, there is a bit of pressure, since he is the son of former champion, Bill Elliott. However, the driver is determined to forge his own path and not just be known for being Bill’s son. For obvious reasons, the 24-year-old would love to emulate his father.
At the same time, he knows that he has the ability to surpass his old man. The younger Elliott was absolutely elated to finally get the monkey off his back and grab that elusive maiden title.
However, when the 2021 season kicks off, he will have the unenviable task of defending his crown. Not many drivers have successfully done it, since Jimmie Johnson in 2010. Speaking of which, the driver can walk away from Hendrick Motorsports, happy with the knowledge that the team is in safe hands.
Additionally, HMS will have a talented arsenal of drivers waiting inside their stables. Along with Elliott, the team has William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson. Together, the quartet will be eager to tear up the tracks in 2021.