Elliott aiming to “not mess up” Rolex 24 for co-drivers


Elliott can be sharing Motion Categorical Racing’s #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R with three of the perfect IMSA Prototype drivers – Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Mike Conway – and the 2020 NASCAR champ is conserving his personal ambitions modest.

He advised IMSA.com: “I feel as you step right into a state of affairs like that, the most important factor is simply to not mess it up for them. That’s my mindset. I really feel like they’d have an ideal shot to win with out me.

“It’s doable with three drivers, it makes it troublesome, although, so having 4, I feel provides the drivers somewhat bit extra of an opportunity to relaxation and to additionally, if somebody isn’t feeling effectively, it makes the method higher to have 4.

“So my mindset is simply to attempt to study as a lot as I can from these different guys and never mess something up for them…

“I anticipate it’s going to be a problem; I don’t suppose it’s going to be straightforward. These guys that do this stuff on a regular basis are excellent at it, they usually spend all yr lengthy growing and dealing on the talents to go quick in these particular vehicles.

“Loads of us that don’t drive these vehicles all yr lengthy, leaping in there of their greatest occasion of the yr is a troublesome factor. I’m simply going to attempt to study and to study quick and hope we will make it to the tip.’’

Elliott stated that racing the Rolex 24 Hours was “positively one thing I’ve had an curiosity in for a very long time and had hopes a chance would come up in some unspecified time in the future to do it. I didn’t actually anticipate it might be this fast.”

Regardless of 5 of his 11 Cup wins approaching highway programs, the 25-year-old from Dawsonville, GA, stated that he didn’t take into account himself a pure highway racer however that he’d walked into the correct atmosphere to study at Hendrick Motorsports.

“I simply actually type of got here into a superb state of affairs,” he stated. “Jeff [Gordon] was a very good highway course racer and he and Alan [Gustafson, crew chief] had a very nice basis and centered on loads of issues that I feel are actually essential on the highway racing entrance.

“Whenever you step into a superb state of affairs like that… it definitely helps you not solely study faster, but additionally study the correct approach and study the correct issues.”

AXR workforce supervisor Gary Nelson has professed amazement at how rapidly Elliott was on the tempo within the simulator and the standard of his suggestions, however the NASCAR champ’s first laps within the Caddy received’t come till the Jan. 22-24 Roar Earlier than the Rolex 24.


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