Elliott is becoming a member of Motion Specific Racing’s fulltimers Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, and endurance driver Mike Conway, within the Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R for his Rolex 24 Hours, however has but to strive the automobile itself round Daytona Worldwide Speedway’s 3.56-mile highway course. As an alternative, he’s been working onerous on the simulator to organize, and he admits “I believe I received very lucky with my teammates, they’ll assist me rise up to hurry.”
Now he says he’s anxious to get on monitor tomorrow to strive the automobile for actual within the Roar Earlier than the 24 three-day check. 5 of Elliott’s 11 Cup wins have come on highway programs.
“Within the sim, simply listening to guys speak, I had a reasonably good understanding that the brake zones have been going to be a lot deeper,” Elliott mentioned in response to Motorsport.com’s query. “That is smart as a result of these automobiles are way more excessive efficiency; they’re mild, greater brakes so that each one made sense to me.
“Essentially the most difficult piece of the sim – and I’m curious to see if it interprets right here – was the transition rolling off the brakes into the nook. That sense of pace and sense of safety is at a a lot sooner tempo than I’m used to seeing.
“You get to drive in a single factor for a very long time and also you kinda have that sensation of what’s too quick for a good nook and what’s not. That center-of-the-corner tempo is up from what I’m used to doing within the Cup aspect of issues. So readjusting that and being conscious of it [is a challenge].”
Concerning sim settings – decreasing grip ranges to symbolize worn tires or night-time temperatures – Elliott mentioned that the group had not executed a lot adjustment, preferring as a substitute to maintain him simply studying the fundamentals of the automobile.
“We stored the monitor fairly constant on function simply to maintain the variables from altering for me,” he mentioned. “I believe that’s the best approach to go about that within the sim. You’re virtually higher to chop out the variables that you just don’t have a precise reply to so you’ll be able to actually tune in on one thing which will provide help to on the monitor.
“And with me being the weak hyperlink, eliminating a variable that you’ve the selection to get rid of was sensible; simply making an attempt to get me laps.”
On his reasoning for tackling the opening spherical of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Elliott commented: “I’ve simply actually been having fun with broadening my horizons, making an attempt new issues, discovering new challenges.
“Don’t take that out of context: it’s not that I’ve the NASCAR factor discovered as a result of I don’t! However extra simply to do one thing totally different, discover one thing new. I’m nonetheless pretty younger, nonetheless at an age the place I can be taught new issues. I believe as you grow old it will get tougher to be taught new stuff, so I really feel like I’m at some extent in my life the place… I can be taught, adapt, turn out to be aggressive with the correct amount of effort.
“In order that’s the place I’m at, making an attempt to do all these items and have a whole lot of enjoyable with it… I hope this isn’t my final shot down right here. I’d love to come back again and do that occasion once more. I don’t suppose that is a kind of belongings you present up one time and anticipate to be good or at the easiest of your sport. It takes a little bit extra apply than that.
“My mindset is to only attempt to feed off their data and attempt to make their data make sense in my very own head… It’s going to be about discovering a cushty tempo throughout the limits of myself and likewise progressing that restrict because the weekend goes on.”
Derani, Nasr and Conway have all vowed to assist get Elliott in control, Derani commenting: “I believe it’s necessary in our sort of racing to have relationship along with your teammate, not solely as a pal but additionally the way you share details about the automobile.
“Chase has been very open-minded in receiving each type of data from Felipe, myself, and even Mike Conway, who is aware of the automobile very effectively, may give him. I believe that’s a great way to strategy the race, and I believe we’re going to have good enjoyable collectively as teammates…
“The little particulars, the little methods right here and there, myself, Felipe and Mike will certainly attempt to assist him do not forget that all through the race.
“However… he simply received a championship in NASCAR. What are you able to say? The man’s prime notch, he’s hungry for a win and 24 Hours of Daytona is an excellent race to win so I’m certain he’s going to place 100% effort into making an attempt to make that occur.”
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