Following a breakout year, Chase Elliott is poised for more success as he enters his fourth full-time season at stock car racing’s top level. Already a second-generation NASCAR champion, Elliott was voted the 2018 most popular driver and continued to make strides on the track with three victories, including the first of his NASCAR Cup Series career, and a third consecutive playoff berth.
A budding NASCAR star, Elliott has been named to SportsPro’s “World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes,” joining former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, Olympian Usain Bolt and two-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. He was voted by fans as ESPN The Magazine’s “NEXT” racer, appeared as a guest on MTV’s “Ridiculousness” voiced characters in Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” and Nickelodeon’s “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” and has been featured by Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes and GQ among others.
In March 2017, Elliott launched the non-profit Chase Elliott Foundation, which is dedicated to providing support and financial assistance to well-qualified charitable organizations with an emphasis on helping others live healthier, happier lives. The foundation has worked closely with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on initiatives to benefit its summer camp program.
Elliott has followed in the footsteps of his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer and 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, in possessing a natural ability behind the wheel, a tireless work ethic and a strong connection with his fans. Bill and Chase are the fifth father-son duo to win NASCAR national series championships – an exclusive list that includes NASCAR’s most iconic names: Petty, Earnhardt, Jarrett and Pearson.
Chase Elliott’s first job was washing dishes. Born and raised in Dawsonville, Georgia, a town steeped in racing history, he worked in the kitchen of the Dawsonville Pool Room at 13 years old. In the 1980s, owner Gordon Pirkle began sounding a siren in celebration of each Bill Elliott victory. That tradition continues today with Chase.
Elliott began racing go-karts at 8 years old with dreams of competing at NASCAR’s highest level. From 2003 to 2011, he gained experience competing in various series, winning more than 60 races by age 15. In February 2011, his efforts paid off when he received a phone call from NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick, who offered the high school freshman a contract with his championship-winning organization, Hendrick Motorsports.
What followed was a rapid rise through super late models and other national touring divisions in preparation for NASCAR. Elliott is a two-time (2013 and 2014) Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year, an annual award voted on by influential motor sports journalists. In 2013, he became the first driver in history to win all four majors on the super late model circuit: the All-American 400, Winchester 400, World-Crown 300, and Snowball Derby.
At 18, while spending a portion of the year finishing high school, Elliott became the youngest champion in any NASCAR national touring series when he won the 2014 Xfinity Series title driving for Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. His storybook season included three wins, two pole positions and 26 top-10 finishes in 33 races. Elliott’s first victory came at Texas Motor Speedway in only his sixth career start, making him the second-youngest winner in series history.
Prior to his entrance into the Xfinity Series, Elliott broke records driving select NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) races in 2013, becoming, at the time, the youngest winner in series history in only his sixth start. He transitioned to the NGOTS after a strong season of firsts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In 2012, he captured his first career NASCAR victory on May 19 when he took the checkered flag in the K&N Pro Series East-West combination event at Iowa Speedway. Elliott followed that performance by becoming the series’ youngest pole winner when he took the top qualifying spot at Langley Speedway. At the conclusion of the 14-race season, he was chosen by fans as the K&N Pro Series East’s most popular driver.
In January 2015, it was announced Elliott would join the NASCAR Cup Series in 2016. In preparation, he drove five points-paying Cup races for Hendrick Motorsports in 2015 while competing in a second full season for JR Motorsports. Elliott led the Xfinity Series in top-10 finishes en route to a second-place result in the championship standings and won his second consecutive most popular driver award. Elliott started his full-time NASCAR Cup Series career with a bang in 2016 by becoming the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner of all time at 20 years, 2 months and 17 days. The Elliotts became the fourth father-son duo to win the Daytona 500 pole position, following the Petty, Allison and Earnhardt combinations.
Elliott went on to have the best rookie season in more than a decade, earning 10 top-five finishes – the most by a rookie since 2005 – along with 17 top-10s and two poles on his way to being named the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year. Driving the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet, he secured a spot in the playoffs and became the only rookie ever to advance to the Round of 12.
In 2017, Elliott started his sophomore season by earning the Daytona 500 pole for the second consecutive year. The 23-year-old driver collected five second-place finishes (Michigan, Chicago, Dover, Charlotte and Phoenix) and clinched another spot in the Cup Series playoffs where he advanced to the Round of 8. Elliott amassed a career-high 12 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s, ultimately finishing fifth in the standings.
In June 2017, Hendrick Motorsports and Elliott inked a four-year contract extension through 2022 and two months later announced that he would drive the storied No. 9 beginning in 2018 – a number synonymous with his legendary racing family.
Elliott’s 2018 season was a breakout. The fourth-year driver collected 11 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s, including three runner-up finishes that brought his career total to eight. The biggest moment came with his first career Cup Series victory on Aug. 5 after leading 52 laps at Watkins Glen International, which solidified his spot in the Cup Series playoffs. He continued his winning ways by collecting two more victories at Dover and Kansas, representing two of the three races in the Round of 12. Elliott ultimately finished the season sixth in the standings and was voted by fans as the NASCAR Cup Series’ most popular driver for the first time.
Elliott resides in his hometown of Dawsonville and enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, biking, country music and pulling for the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs. He is a multi-engine instrument rated private pilot.