DRIVER: Chase Elliott / No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS
RACE: Auto Club Speedway 500 (Race 5 of 36)
TRACK: Auto Club Speedway
DATE: Sunday, March 20, 2016
NAPA AUTO PARTS ON THE NO. 24 CHEVROLET SS: NAPA AUTO PARTS will be the primary partner onboard Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Auto Club Speedway and will be the primary sponsor on the car for 19 additional Sprint Cup Series races this year.
GOING HOME: Chad Avrit – No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS rear tire changer-- will compete this weekend at his home track of Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Avrit grew up in El Centro, California, and was an avid surfer before moving out to Mooresville, North Carolina, to pursue a career in motorsports. In addition to being an athlete at Hendrick Motorsports, the California-native is also a small business owner in the greater Charlotte area owning Swell Board Shop, a dream he made a reality after wanting to bring a West-Coast styled board shop to his new home. Avrit has been a part of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team since 2012.
NO. 24 TRACK STATS: The No. 24 Chevrolet SS team owns three wins, 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes at the Southern California speedway with former driver Jeff Gordon. Under the leadership of Alan Gustafson last year, the No. 24 team earned a top-10 finish. Elliott, piloting the No. 24 Chevrolet for the first time at Auto Club Speedway this year only has two XFINITY Series starts at the two-mile oval and has earned top-10 finishes in both races.
TWO TOP-TENS: Rookie of the Year contender, Elliott, is coming off of his second top-10 finish of the season heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway. The driver earned Sunoco’s Rookie of the Race honors at Phoenix International Raceway after capturing an eighth-place finish. His first top-10 finish of 2016 was at his home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR GOES WEST: Elliott participated in the NASCAR Goes West initiative, a program devoted to highlighting unique experiences on the West Coast, with a @NASCAR Twitter takeover Tuesday afternoon highlighting his trip to Los Angeles. The 20-year-old driver headed to Hollywood to be a featured guest on MTV’s Ridiculousness earlier this year. He also toured Capitol Records, stopped by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, stayed at the famed Roosevelt Hotel, and even stopped for a photo outside of the Dolby Theater.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOGULS: Elliott spent time with the No. 24 team this week in Vail, Colorado. The outdoor sports enthusiast enjoyed the fresh powder, snowboarding and time at his ‘home away from home’ in the Centennial State. Dawsonville, Georgia native, Elliott, lived in Edwards, Colorado, 15 miles outside of Vail, when he was younger sparking his passion for winter sports.
Driver Quote | Chase Elliott
“I love going to California. I wish we raced there twice. That race puts on a really good show and it’s a unique track – it’s worn out and very wide and it’s just unlike a lot of the other places that we go. It would be a cool place to visit twice. You have so many options to run different grooves, everybody wants tires – you have a big fall off from the beginning of the run to the end of the run. I think it just offers a lot of options and I enjoy racing there because of that.”