Chase Elliott, son of Cup Series champ Bill Elliott and winner of last year’s inaugural Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, teams up with JR Motorsports and NAPA Auto Parts for the 2014 Nationwide Series season.
Elliott will drive the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet – the same number his father used for much of his career. NAPA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, just a short distance from the Elliott’s hometown of Dawsonville, Georgia.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Chase Elliott on the JRM website. “My family and I are still trying to believe it all. I couldn’t ask to be partnered with anyone better than Dale Jr., Kelley and Mr. Hendrick, along with all of the people at their organizations who have put in countless hours to pull this together. Working with NAPA will be an honor. They’ve had a tremendous impact in NASCAR, and I’m proud to represent their brand, on and off the track, to race fans. I’m extremely pumped to get to work in 2014 with that first trip to Daytona and make the most of this opportunity.”
Elliott signed with Hendrick Motorsports owner and JR Motorsports partner Rick Hendrick in 2011. He earned his first K&N Pro Series win at Iowa Speedway in May 2012 and became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA history at Pocono Raceway in June 2013. He picked up his first NASCAR top-tier series win in the Truck Series in just his sixth start in September 2013.
“Chase has been extremely successful, and I think the Nationwide Series is only a short step for him,” said JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. “With the infrastructure we have at JR Motorsports and our close-working partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, we have every opportunity to continue Chase’s development as a driver while contending for a championship. He’s that good. The key in this is NAPA, and I feel privileged to welcome them to my race team after working with them so extensively earlier in my career. I recognize – and I think Chase does, too – the responsibility that comes with representing a company so significant in the lives of NASCAR fans. We welcome the opportunity and appreciate what NAPA means to this sport.”
Elliott joins Regan Smith and the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com team at JR Motorsports, giving the organization two full-time teams for 2014. In addition, JR Motorsports will field two part-time teams, the No. 5 for Kevin Harvick and the No. 88 for Earnhardt Jr.
“This will be the strongest line-up we’ve put on the track since we started racing full time in 2006,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “We experienced very big gains this past year by all our teams and drivers. Regan tied our best-ever finish in points, and we won two races. We pride ourselves on competing for wins, and all four of our drivers are capable of doing that any given week.”
“The commitment from NAPA speaks volumes, and bringing together the Elliotts and Earnhardts – two incredible racing families – will energize our fans,” said Rick Hendrick. “I can’t wait to see that No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet with another talented Elliott behind the wheel. This is a great announcement for our sport.”
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