To continue his track training, 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott wrapped up a grueling November afternoon of Next Gen car testing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Without stopping, he flew over the country to begin a night of driving in unknown terrain.
Indeed, it was a series of races to reach the next starting line.
For the popular Elliott, it remains a race of a lifetime to learn all he can before reaching the finish line.
Chase Elliott embarks on new forms of racing: “I think that’s really cool”
A second generation rider, Elliott grew up learning to run on concrete tracks. He has proven his serial prowess with 13 wins over the past four seasons.
He is now working to prove his versatility.
Almost two weeks after the Cup Series season ended, Elliott joined Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson at his “home” circuit in Placerville, Calif. He wanted to play in the mud. With Larson and three-time outlaw world champion Brad Sweet as tutors, Elliott attended two evening school sessions.
On November 23, Elliott made his Sprint Car debut. He placed 20e in Hangtown 100 A-Main at Placerville Speedway.
The finish was not remarkable, but the experience was.
“… I think that’s really cool,” Elliott told nascar.com. “I think you can learn some really good habits from this stuff. … ”
Elliott: “It’s not going to get any easier as you get older”
For Elliott, it was time to develop new skills. He reached the top of the Cup Series when he was just 24 years, 11 months and 11 days old. He remains the third youngest Cup Series champion.
“And I was just like, man, if I like that it won’t get easier as I get older,” Elliott said of the new forms of running he’s experimenting with. “As I get older, I feel like learning new things is going to be more and more difficult. So, I just felt like if I was going to get involved, I had to go in and make an effort to do it.
So he did.
He joined Kyle Busch for a Nitro Rallycross event on December 4th and 5th. Nitro Rallycross is a form of gravel racing that involves jumps.
Elliott also intends to join Larson for the Chili Bowl Nationals January 10-15.
“For me it’s really nothing more than trying to improve myself and come out into a place where I’ve never been before and do something different,” he said.
Elliott looks to bring his new experiences to the Cup season
How well is Elliott learning his lessons this offseason?
How will he transport them to the 2022 Cup Series season?
Will this give him an advantage to reclaim the drivers’ title?
These are just a few of the questions Elliott will seek to answer throughout the next contracting campaign. He is driving the last season of his current contract.
Wherever Elliott finds himself in 23 he works to become a more versatile rider.
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