During his first two years in the Xfinity Series, Chase Elliott fans have come to know NAPA as his brand in the No. 9 machine. But with the 19-year-old driver making the switch to Sprint Cup in 2016, the big question was whether or not NAPA would move up with him.
That query was answered on Wednesday with a resounding, “Yes!” Not only will NAPA be the primary sponsor for Elliott this season—five starts along with the Sprint Showdown and potential All-Star Race—but also during his rookie season at the Cup level.
“I’m so fortunate to work with a company like NAPA,” Elliott said in a Hendrick release. “They’ve been behind me 100 percent, and I never take that support for granted. Continuing the relationship means a lot, and I know the entire team is focused on making it as successful as possible. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Like any primary sponsor, Elliott will still have to attract more backers. NAPA will be on the car for 24 races and serve as an associate sponsor for the remaining events. That deal runs through the first three seasons of his Hendrick contract from 2016-18.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 6, 2015
Elliott is one of the hottest names in the sport, so it’s only fitting that he already has a long-term sponsor lined up. At just 18 years old he became the youngest driver to ever win an Xfinity title in 2014. He’s followed that up with two Cup starts already this year and recently a 16th-place finish at Richmond.
All of that experience still won’t prepare him for the pressure that’s going to be on his shoulders next year.
The son of Bill Elliott will take over for Jeff Gordon, a four-time premier series champion, in the No. 24 car. Luckily for him, he has a teammate in Dale Earnhardt Jr. who knows about following in his father’s footsteps and Jimmie Johnson who knows a thing or two about winning titles.
Oh, and he already knows who will be on the hood as he looks to make more history in the legendary machine. That’s more than some of the best current drivers can say about their future.
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