Chase Elliott essentially grew up at NASCAR racetracks, but he doesn’t have many distinct memories of his childhood.
One is especially vivid – his Hall of Fame father’s victory in the 2002 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A 6-year-old Chase took in the scene from the winner’s circle of Bill Elliott’s penultimate victory in NASCAR.
“Definitely a special place,” Chase Elliott said on the NASCAR on NBC podcast in an episode released early Tuesday morning. “That will forever make Indy special for me.
“That was one of my dad’s biggest wins in my career certainly, and one of just a handful that I was even around for, so to be there for that, I thought was really cool.
With Elliott, 20, now slated to make his second Sprint Cup start Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he joined the podcast to discuss his rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports, his chances for a Brickyard win and his newfound love of flying – another way he is following in the footsteps of his father, an avid pilot since the 1970s.
Since earning his pilot’s license last year, Chase Elliott has begun flying a single-engine Cessna 182 to races. He recently received ratings for instrument and multiengine flying.
“The more I’ve done it, I’ve loved it more and more,” he said. “It’s something that’s a great tool to get to racetracks week after week.”
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