Dawsonville-native and sophomore driver in the NASCAR Cup series, Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports recently agreed to extend his contract to drive for the team through the end of the 2022 racing season.
Elliott signed on with Hendrick in 2011 when he was still a high school freshman. He took over behind the wheel of the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet after the retirement of Jeff Gordon.
His prior contract had him signed to race for Hendrick through 2018.
Following his father Bill Elliott, he became a NASCAR champion in his first year of racing in the XFINITY Series in 2014. He was only 18 years old.
Now at 21, Elliott is in his second full season of racing in the Cup Series.
Elliott became Rookie of the Year for the 2016 season and garnered a spot in the playoffs. As a rookie, he drove to 10 top-five finishes, 17 top-10s and two pole positions-one of those at the famed Daytona 500.
"It means the world to me to be a part of this organization, and I couldn't be happier (about the extension)," said Elliott in a release. "I wouldn't want to drive for anybody else but Hendrick Motorsports. I am very proud to be where I am, and I definitely take it upon myself to work hard and make sure I do my part for the company as we move forward."
Elliott's success on the track is matched by his popularity among NASCAR fans.
The driver has been voted most popular four times: in the K&N Series East in 2011 and 2012 and the XFINITY Series in 2014 and 2015. This season and last, fans also voted him into the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Elliott is known for his dedication to the sport and has made a concerted effort to help others through his support to charitable organizations via the recently established non-profit Chase Elliott Organization.
"As both a driver and a person, where Chase is today at 21 years old is unbelievable," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "With all the expectations and pressure, he's stayed focused on being himself and working as hard as he can. The pure driving talent has always been obvious, and he's doing so many great things off the track. He'll be a big part of our organization and our sport for many years. I'm looking forward to watching him to continue to grow with us."