CONCORD, N.C. – Early in the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season, Chase Elliot has followed up his Rookie of the Year campaign with back-to-back top-15 finishes, including a fifth-place result last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The 21-year-old driver sat down with host Seth Davis on “The Seth Davis Show” to discuss, among myriad topics, his success at a young age.
“I’ve just been lucky to be in the positions I’ve been in,” Elliott said. “I’m very appreciative of the opportunities that I’ve had. (Hendrick Motorsports owner) Mr. (Rick) Hendrick has given me an incredible opportunity and I don’t know where I’d be today had it not been for him. For me, this is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I never really thought about wanting to do anything else. Just to have that chance, I’m very lucky for it and I wouldn’t trade it.”
Elliott and Davis move on to talk about the safety of racing, the physicality involved in driving a race car in the NASCAR Cup Series, Elliott’s earliest memories of realizing his dad was a successful race car driver and then ultimately the conversation he had with his parents when he told them he wanted to race.
Elliott also discusses his father’s legacy and lessons he has learned from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. about continuing in a father’s NASCAR footsteps.
“I can remember him telling me just to enjoy the moment,” Elliott said.
Check out the full interview below.