By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will return to NASCAR competition at Road America, competing in the Johnsonville 180 in GMS Racing’s No. 23 ISM Connect Chevrolet Camaro SS.
Bill Elliott, father of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott, will compete in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since Memphis Motorsports Park in 2006. He will also join Chase as one of several drivers that have climbed behind the wheel of the No. 23 this season. Four of Chase’s five Xfinity Series starts this season have come in the GMS No. 23.
“When this opportunity came up from Mike (Beam), I had to jump on it,” said Bill Elliott. “Chase (Elliott) has ran a handful of races for the team so I figured I would give it a shot at Road America. Beam and I have worked together in the past so it will be exciting to get back behind the wheel and bring back some old memories.”
The first win of Bill Elliott’s storied career came in 1983 on the road course at Riverside International Raceway. His only win in the Xfinity Series came at Watkins Glen International in 1993.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bill (Elliott) to the GMS Racing family,” said president of GMS Racing, Mike Beam. “Bill has many years in NASCAR and it’s going to be great to watch him come back, especially in GMS equipment. Bill and I worked together back in the day and had a lot of success so hopefully we can pick up where we left off and create some more great memories.”
Road America will mark Elliott’s first NASCAR start since 2012 in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Since then, the elder Elliott has competed in racing historic cars on road courses, including at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with his former team owner and fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham.