Chase Elliott to take over for Jeff Gordon in 2016

Chase Elliott and the Hendrick team Thursday in Charlotte (Greg Engle)
Chase Elliott and the Hendrick team Thursday in Charlotte (Greg Engle)
Chase Elliott and the Hendrick team Thursday in Charlotte (Greg Engle)

We now know who will take over one of the most iconic cars in the history of NASCAR. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Chase Elliott will step into the No. 24 Chevy in 2016 replacing the legendary Jeff Gordon who announced recently that he will step aside at the end of 2015.

The then 18 year old Elliott became the youngest national series champion in NASCAR history last season when he won the NASCAR Nationwide series title in his rookie year. The son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott will now move to the top touring series in NASCA with one of NASCAR’s strongest teams. Elliott’s No. 24 team will be led by crew chief Alan Gustafson who is Gordon’s crew chief.

“Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver,” said Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, who announced the news this morning during the team’s season kickoff employee event. “Not only is he a special talent inside the race car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see. Chase’s personality and demeanor make him popular with fans, teammates and sponsors. He’s a great fit for our organization on many levels, and we feel he and Alan will be a successful combination. There’s a lot to be excited about.” MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.