Hendrick Motorsports revealed on Thursday that Chase Elliott will take over driving duties of the No. 24 Chevrolet full- time in the Sprint Cup Series, starting with the 2016 season.
Last week, Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 will be his last season competing for a championship in NASCAR's premier series. Gordon, a four-time series champion, has driven the No. 24 car for team owner Rick Hendrick since November 1992.
Elliott is the son of Bill Elliott, who is scheduled to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday. The 19-year-old Elliott won the championship in the Xfinity Series (formerly known as the Nationwide Series) last year, doing so in his rookie season as
driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. He became the youngest driver ever to win a title in one of NASCAR's three national touring series.
Hendrick announced the news of Elliott driving the No. 24 next year during the team's season kickoff employee event on Thursday morning.