KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Coming off his recent NASCAR Series Cup Playoffs run and a string of USAC Midget races, Chase Elliott will race in the finale of Nitro Rallycross’ 2021 series on Dec. 4 and 5 …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Coming off his recent NASCAR Series Cup Playoffs run and a string of USAC Midget races, Chase Elliott will race in the finale of Nitro Rallycross’ 2021 series on Dec. 4 and 5 at The Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park at the Keystone Heights Airport.
Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Champion, is confirmed to drive the ZipRecruiter-sponsored #GoNitro car in Nitro RX’s Supercar class. With his addition to the Florida driver lineup, Elliott’s beverage partner, A SHOC Energy, is also sponsoring his Nitro Rallycross debut in the final round.
Elliott is the latest NASCAR star to tackle Nitro RX’s challenging courses, following Kyle Busch’s strong performance at Nitro RX’s Phoenix stop earlier this month at Phoenix.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in Nitro RX at the season finale in Florida. I enjoy the challenge of trying out other forms of racing and have recently taken up dirt racing, so getting in a rallycross car is really appealing,” Elliott said. “Nitro RX is thrilling to watch and from what Travis Pastrana and some of the other drivers have told me, it is just as thrilling to be behind the wheel. I can’t wait.”
Nitro Rallycross is the brainchild of action sports star Travis Pastrana. The popular racing series is a mixture of cars, motocross and adrenaline. Portions of The FIRM’s road course, skid pad and off-road course will be transformed into a trail that features dirt, pavement and jumps for the season finale.
“It’s absolutely awesome for our sport to see NASCAR Cup champions like Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch compete in Nitro Rallycross,” Pastrana said. “Kyle had so much fun and a very impressive fourth-place finish at Nitro Rallycross in Phoenix.
Chase is, bar none, one of the greatest driving talents in motorsport, and having an elite driver of his caliber opens Nitro RX to a new audience. Chase joining us for the Florida finale is a great way to close out the 2021 series.”
While Elliott has a full trophy case from numerous series across the racing world, including stock car series championships in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, Nitro RX, however, will be new territory.
Elliott has spent the offseason expanding his motorsports disciplines. He also competed in a couple of USAC Midget dirt races last week in California.
“For me, it’s really nothing more than just trying to better myself and get outside in an area that I’ve never been in before and do something different,” Elliott told NASCAR.com. “I have always really respected the discipline and I’ve been a fan of it for a number of years.
“I just felt like I got to a point where I’m like man, if I don’t … I’m interested in it, I think it’s really cool, I respect the discipline. I think you can learn some really good habits during this stuff. And I was just like, man, if I like it, it’s not gonna get any easier as you get older. As you get older, I feel like learning new things is just going to be harder and harder and harder. So I just felt like if I was going to get involved, I needed to get in there and make an effort to do that.”
Nitro RX’s turbocharged 600-hp vehicles are different beasts than the NASCAR Cup Series vehicles Elliott usually pilots. Nitro RX Supercars also is all-wheel drive and accelerate faster off the starting line than an F1 car, hitting 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds at 1.5 G. Putting that power to all four wheels is necessary to navigate Nitro RX’s revolutionary multi-surface tracks, which feature 100-ft plus jumps, banked turns and steep berms.
Elliott will face off against an elite field of multi-disciplinary racers. In addition to motorsports icon and Nitro RX mastermind Travis Pastrana, Florida competitors include Tanner Foust - the only driver in the world with victories in X Games, Global Rallycross, WRX, ARX and the European Rallycross Championship – as well as Scott Speed, a three-time X Games gold medalist, three-time Global Rallycross champion, plus an F1 and NASCAR veteran – and more.
Following back-to-back series wins, Pastrana currently holds the lead in the Nitro RX Championship standings. With the 2021 series title on the line going into the season finale, he looks forward to the added challenge of squaring off against Elliott.
“The track is being built right now so Chase will have as much time on it as anyone coming into this race,” Pastrana said. “And with so much tarmac [at The FIRM] I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chase end up on the podium, but I would be very impressed. I look forward to seeing how his skills transfer over to all-wheel drive Supercars and can’t wait to go door to door with one of the youngest
NASCAR Cup champion of all time.”
In addition to Busch, the people’s rallycross champion - two-time European Rallycross winner Andreas Bakkerud – has also piloted the ZipRecruiter #GoNitro car. ZipRecruiter is the latest addition to Nitro RX’s growing sponsor roster, joining foundational series partners Red Bull, Yokohama, Subaru Motorsports USA and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
To experience Nitro RX’s high-flying action in person, tickets can be purchased at https://www.nitrorallycross.com/calendar. Fans can also watch live on Peacock in the U.S. as well as on YouTube worldwide.
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