Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chase Elliott unveils 2016 Sprint Cup car and talks upcoming season


Charlotte Bray for Skirts and Scuffs
Back in February it was announced that Xfinity Series Champion, Chase Elliott, would be taking over Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 car beginning in 2016. Since the announcement, fans have been waiting to see what the new car would look like. Monday, team owner Rick Hendrick and Elliott unveiled the new paint scheme for the No. 24 Chevy SS.

Referring to the paint scheme, Elliott said, "NAPA let me make a few decisions, which was really cool. I think the car turned out great. I hope everybody likes it. They were really open and willing to some of the ideas that we had.”

The new car sports the NAPA blue and yellow along with light blue stripes to match the NAPA drag car driven by Ron Capps. As homage to his home state of Georgia, the GA flag is located above the door by Elliott’s name.

Elliott and Hendrick also talked about the 2016 season. Both of them are excited about Elliott's rookie year.

“There's really no excuse for us to not go and try to give ourselves the chance to get in that top 16," Elliott said. "I think we have a team that's capable of doing it. I really feel like if I can do my job, we have a shot there."

During the season, Elliott will have a lot of help along the way. Gordon's crew chief, Alan Gustafson, will remain with the No. 24 team. Together, Hendrick thinks they have a real shot of making the Chase. Also in the Hendrick garage, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne will give advice and help Elliott through his first full season in the Sprint Cup Series.

“There's something really special about him and I could see it in Jeff and Jimmie," Hendrick said.

Elliott competed in five Sprint Cup Series events in 2015 and earned three top-20 finishes driving the No. 25 for HMS. His first Sprint Cup race in the No. 24 will be in February at Daytona International Speedway.
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Skirts and Scuffs intern Kaitlyn Kochanski lives in Shavertown, Pennsylvania about 45 minutes away from Pocono Raceway. Her love of NASCAR has taken her to many races at Pocono and even to a couple at Atlanta Motor Speedway. She loves watching the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Kaitlyn's other interests include track and field, the New York Yankees, rock music and classic cars.

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