By David Morgan, Associate Editor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chase Elliott has been a fixture at Hendrick Motorsports for the duration of his NASCAR career and now will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
On Sunday morning, ahead of the 64th running of the Daytona 500, the team announced that Elliott had signed a five-year contract extension, keeping him behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet through the 2027 season.
“Chase is a champion on and off the track,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “His talent inside the race car is undeniable, and he’s just scratching the surface of what he can do. This is a young man who is mature beyond his years, comes from an incredible family, and is humble, hardworking and never takes anything for granted. As long as Chase is driving, we want him right here with Hendrick Motorsports. This is an exciting way to start the season, and we look forward to many, many more together.”
Elliott first joined Hendrick in 2011 at just 15-years-old, winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship three years later at JR Motorsports, and moving up to the Cup Series full-time in 2016, where he has been ever since.
Over the course of his six years in the Cup Series, Elliott has won 13 races, never missing the Playoffs in that span of time, and reaching the pinnacle of NASCAR’s highest level in 2020 when he became a Cup Series champion.
Much like his Hall of Famer father, Bill Elliott, who is also a Cup Series champion, the younger Elliott picked up the torch as NASCAR’s most popular driver, winning the award in each of the last four years.
“I feel so fortunate to be in this position,” Elliott said. “I have a great team with leadership from Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and the support of the best car owner and racing organization in the world. For me, there’s a lot of pride in driving for Hendrick Motorsports and having the opportunity to win races and compete for championships. We are capable of accomplishing a lot more and it starts today.”
Earlier in the week prior to the contract extension being announced, Hendrick Motorsports vice chairman Jeff Gordon noted how all of the drivers in the organization are at the top of their game, with Elliott leading the way as the veteran among the four of them.
“Chase, who’s the veteran now at Hendrick, he’s just in a very comfortable place, knows what he’s capable of doing, and knows what his team’s capable of doing. And I think, you know, that he’s just rock solid.”
When the green flag drops on the Great American Race on Sunday, Elliott will roll off from 11th place as he seeks to add the Harley J. Earl trophy to his resume.