REVEALED! Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports’ New No. 9 Paint Scheme for 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 01/20/2021, 11:10 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)


The Hendrick Motorsports team has been on a roll over the past few days. After unveiling Alex Bowman’s stunning #48 car for the 2021 season, Chase Elliott and his #9 car were next.

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Of course, Elliott himself helped build the hype behind the machine that would help him defend his 2020 crown. He recently tweeted a teaser image of his updated No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet.

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Later on, the Hendrick Motorsports team helped out by providing more teasers. The outfit tantalized fans with images of various parts and angles of the revamped No. 9 Chevy. In the process, the fans got in on the action and they helped reveal Elliott’s main 2021 ride.

Can Chase Elliott defend his maiden Cup Series title?

On the outside, the car looks relatively the same. However, the key difference is that the Chevy sports a bolder font with a sleek yellow, blue and white design.

Obviously, this is the first time that Chase Elliott enters a new season as a defending champion. In other words, he has a gigantic target painted on his back. However, he is still in one of the best cars on the track, so he should be in good hands.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his father Bill Elliott pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Of course, it does not mean that it will be a walk in the park for the 25-year-old. He knows that his teammates, the Joe Gibbs, Stewart-Haas, and Penske drivers will keep him on his toes. There is also a chance of a few wildcards being thrown into the equation.

At the end of the day, Elliott knows that his job will be a lot tougher. Despite the immense pressure on him, the man will be keen to not buckle under it. Even though the driver is strong, this will be the real test for him, to see if he can back up his title and not be a one-season wonder.

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