Chase Elliott not forgetting about 2015 challenge



NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Elliott recently unveiled the 2016 NAPA No. 24 he will be driving for Hendrick Motorsports in the top series next year.


  NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Elliott is the son of legend Bill Elliott replacing a racing legend Jeff Gordon in 2016.

  But that and $2 will get him a cup of coffee at a local diner.

  Elliott is engrossed in his Xfinity Series car in 2015 and producing results when he gets to 2016.

  He was one of three drivers at Michigan International Speedway Oct. 20 testing the 2016 base package that will be used during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Michigan International Speedway.

  Elliott was joined by Chris Buescher and Erik Jones at the super-fast, two-mile racetrack, helping engineers look at max speeds and corner speeds to determine the best tire combination for when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the racetrack in June.

  NASCAR announced Oct. 14 the base NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to be used during the 2016 season. The base package will include a 3.5-inch spoiler, a 0.25-inch front leading splitter edge and a 33-inch wide radiator pan. These components will provide lower downforce on the cars, and Goodyear will develop tires to complement them. Earlier this season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway featured a similar aero package.

  Elliott – who is second in the points in the Xfinity Series – is concentrating on possibly winning a championship this season.

  “Until it becomes time – and we are ready to load up for Daytona – it has yet to fully set in,” Elliott said of replacing Gordon in the famous No. 24 car. “I am grounded in this series, this year and don’t want to look ahead too soon.”

  Elliott knows that putting himself in the No. 24 car is a big challenge. But with that challenge, knows there will be expectations for his team.

   “Jeff [Gordon] has done some amazing things and I have all the respect for Jeff and my dad as to what they have done [in the sport],” Elliott said. “Unless I do my job, it doesn’t matter what my last name is or if I drive the 24 car. Unless I do my part and contribute [to the team] I won’t be around very long.

    “That is just the way it is.”

    The drivers were using three different tires in order to give Goodyear some feedback on how the new cars will handle.

   “I hope I will be able to race hard and put on a good show,” Elliott said. “This is a good step [low downforce] in the right direction.”

   Characteristics of the lower downforce rules package includes more off-throttle time for drivers and decreasing corner speeds. This generates more passing zones over the entire track, and allows for multiple tire combinations to be levered.

   In addition to the base package, each track will continue to feature specific rules, including tire combinations and drive train configurations, to create the best racing for each track length, layout and surface. Rear gear ratios will be adjusted to maintain a maximum engine speed of 9,000 RPM and a 1.38 third gear ratio will be used at all tracks smaller than 1.25 miles. The digital dashboard, which was optional for teams during the second half of this season, will be mandatory in all vehicles.

  “NASCAR has worked tirelessly with our teams, drivers, manufacturers and Goodyear to develop a rules package that provides fans with the best racing possible,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The success of the races at Kentucky and Darlington in similar trim proved extremely valuable in accelerating rules development for 2016. Now, as teams have even more time to prepare and a strong baseline of data, we anticipate the racing to be even better.”


1 Comment

  1. rekey Lilianna

    July 6, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I better go fap now…

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