A budding NASCAR star, Elliott has been named to Forbes’ “Top 40 Most Social Athletes under 30” and SportsPro’s “World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes,” joining UFC champion Ronda Rousey, Olympian Usain Bolt and NBA MVP Stephen Curry. He was voted by fans as ESPN The Magazine’s “NEXT” racer and has been featured by Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
In 2014, Elliott all but guaranteed his ascension to the top level of the sport by winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series title to become the youngest champion in series history (18 years, 11 months and 18 days). He became the first competitor in any NASCAR national series to win a championship, rookie of the year and most popular driver honors in the same season.
Elliott has followed in the footsteps of his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer and 1988 Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott, in possessing a natural ability behind the wheel, a tireless work ethic and strong sense of giving back to his community. 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, the owner, Gordon Pirkle, began sounding a siren in celebration of each Bill Elliott victory. That tradition continues today with Chase.
Elliott began driving go karts at 8 years old with a dream of competing at NASCAR’s highest level. In 2011, at age 15, his efforts paid off when he received an after-school phone call from car owner Rick Hendrick, who offered the teenager a contract with 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions 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 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year, capturing titles in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, he became the first driver in history to win all four majors on the super late model circuit: All-American 400, Winchester 400, World-Crown 300, and the Snowball Derby.
At the age of 18, while spending a portion of the year finishing high school, Elliott became, at the time, the youngest champion in any NASCAR national touring series when he won the 2014 XFINITY Series title driving for JR Motorsports, the team 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 win came at Texas Motor Speedway in only his sixth career start, making him the second-youngest winner in series history.
Prior to his grand entrance into the XFINITY Series, Elliott broke records driving select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2013, becoming, at the time, the youngest winner in series history in only his sixth start. He transitioned to the Camping World Truck Series 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 to date 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 most popular driver.
In January 2015, it was announced Elliott would join the Sprint Cup Series in 2016. In preparation, Elliott drove five points-paying Sprint Cup races for Hendrick Motorsports in 2015 and a second full season for JR Motorsports. Elliott led the XFINITY Series in top-10 finishes en route to his second place finish in the championship standings and won his second consecutive most popular driver award.
In addition to racing professionally, Elliott earned his private pilot license in July 2015. He resides in his hometown of Dawsonville and enjoys snowboarding, riding dirt bikes and watching the Atlanta Braves.