Elliott comments on Jim France; the idea of running against his father at Road America; Who teepee’d his motorhome?
Chase Elliott grabbed his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory on Sunday at Watkins Glen Internatioal. Roughly two hours later, the CEO of NASCAR was getting arrested.
Monday’s news stories were a mix of happy and sad. But, overall, Chase Elliott’s win was overshadowed by the news of Brian France.
Now, Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his role of CEO. In his place, Jim France will step into the position.
Do you know Jim France at all, and do you feel like the change will have any impact on you guys as drivers?
“Yeah, I’ve been around him some. I haven’t ever had any issues with Jim I expect them to do fine, and it doesn’t change my job, so I’m going to do my thing,” Chase Elliott stated via a NASCAR teleconference on Tuesday evening.
Bill Elliott’s Xfinity ride
Chase Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott is set to come out of NASCAR retirement. That was news that broke in the weekend leading up to Elliott’s big win.
Bill hasn’t qualified for an Xfinity Series event since 2005 when he did a one-off event for Evernham Motorsports. He finished 24th that day at Michigan International Speedway.
Now, he’s coming back for more. Bill Elliott will run for GMS Racing in the #23 at Road America. Bill Elliott will make his return on August 25th.
Chase Elliott has stated that he’s excited to watch his dad race in NASCAR again. But, will we see them on the track together?
Have you received any offers to run a second car out there?
“No, I haven’t had any offers,” Chase Elliott refers to a possible Xfinity Series ride for Road America.
“A lot of people are asking me if — people in the media asking if I’d go do it, but no, no offers to go run. It would be really cool to go do, but I think more than anything, I think Dad just wants to go have some fun, and the opportunity was there for him to go do it.”
“I think he’ll enjoy his time, and that’s really all that matters, so I’m excited to watch him.”
Following Chase Elliott’s win at Watkins Glen, his motorhome received some new decor. Toilet paper wrapped around the entire bus.
Who did that?
“No, I have not,” Elliott said with a light laugh. “I don’t know who did that. Well, nobody has fessed up to it. So, I’m not sure.”
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