(JR Motorsports PR)
Chase Elliott will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports starting in 2014 and do so with NAPA AUTO PARTS as his full-season primary sponsor. With Elliott as its driver, the 2014 season will mark NAPA’s 19th in NASCAR sponsorship.
NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) has more than 6,000 stores nationwide with more than 400,000 quality parts and accessories for automotive and industrial applications the most extensive inventory in the industry. NAPA headquarters is in Atlanta, Ga., just a short distance from Elliotts hometown of Dawsonville, GA.
“NAPA is pleased to continue its long standing involvement in NASCAR, the most popular form of motorsports in the United States supported by its many loyal and passionate fans,” commented Dan Askey, President of NAPA. “Equally, we are proud to form this new partnership with JR Motorsports. Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Rick Hendrick and its many employees have developed one of the premier teams in the Nationwide Series. Chase Elliott is a young and talented, future star in the sport, and will represent NAPA well both on and off the track. We welcome Chase and the entire JR Motorsports organization to the NAPA Family.”
Elliott will carry the #9 on his NAPA Chevy the same number his father, legendary racer Bill Elliott, carried for much of his storied career that included the 1988 Sprint Cup Series championship. The 2014 season will mark the younger Elliotts Nationwide Series debut. He turned 18 on Nov. 28, becoming eligible for competition.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Chase Elliott said. “My family and I are still trying to believe it all. I couldnt 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.”(JR Motorsports/NAPA)
So it is that the son of “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” is set to compete in the Nationwide Series for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports, with much support from Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports! It is quite odd that sons of former bitter NASCAR rivals are now employer and employee!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!