Chase Elliott Will Officially Replace Jeff Gordon in the 24 Car in 2016

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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Chase Elliott poses for a stylized portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

If you haven’t heard, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will race his last full-time season in 2015. So who is going to take over driving the iconic No. 24 car?

Why, 19-year-old Chase Elliott, that’s who.

Elliott may be young, but he is a top NASCAR prospect. He won the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, the first rookie to win a NASCAR national series championship. He is also the youngest NASCAR Touring Series champion in history.

The youngster will compete in five Cup races this year in the No. 25 NAPA Auto Parts car. And FYI, if you’re a NASCAR fan, it’s a Chevy.

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said in a statement released early this morning (Jan. 29):

Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver. Not only is he a special talent inside the race car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see. Chase’s personality and demeanor make him popular with fans, teammates and sponsors. He’s a great fit for our organization on many levels, and we feel he and Alan will be a successful combination. There’s a lot to be excited about.

There will never be another Jeff Gordon, but NASCAR fans can be optimistic about the future of racing with Elliott — the first driver in NASCAR history to win a championship and rookie of the year honors in the same season — taking over the 24 car.

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