Chase Elliott will race in the final round of Nitro Rallycross’ 2021 series on December 4 and 5 at The FIRM in North Florida, following his recent NASCAR Series Cup Playoffs run and string of USAC Midget races. Elliott has been confirmed to compete in Nitro RX’s Supercar class in the ZipRecruiter-sponsored #GoNitro car. Elliott’s beverage partner, A SHOC Energy, is sponsoring his Nitro Rallycross debut in the final round as a result of his addition to the Florida driver lineup.
Following Kyle Busch’s impressive performance at Nitro RX’s Phoenix event earlier this month, Elliott is the latest NASCAR star to take on the challenging courses.
Elliott said, “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. 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.”
Travis Pastrana said, “It’s absolutely awesome for our sport to see NASCAR Cup champions like Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch compete in Nitro Rallycross. 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 multiple victories from various racing series, including stock car series championships in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, the Nitro RX will be unfamiliar territory for him.
The turbocharged 600 power Nitro RX cars are unlike anything Elliott has ever driven in the NASCAR Cup Series. Nitro RX Supercars are all-wheel drive and accelerate quicker than an F1 car off the line, hitting 60 mph in 1.9 seconds at 1.5 G. Nitro RX’s revolutionary multi-surface tracks, which feature 100-foot plus jumps, banked turns, and steep berms, necessitate putting that power to all four wheels.
Elliott will compete against a top-tier field of multi-sport athletes. In addition to motorsports legend and Nitro RX mastermind Travis Pastrana, Florida competitors include Tanner Foust – the only driver in the world to win the X Games, Global Rallycross, WRX, ARX, and the European Rallycross Championship – and Scott Speed, a three-time X Games gold medalist, three-time Global Rallycross champion, plus an F1 and NASCAR veteran – among others.
Pastrana now leads the Nitro RX Championship standings after back-to-back series victories. With the title of the 2021 series on the line in the Florida finals, he is looking forward to the added challenge of playing Elliott.
Pastrana said, “The track is being built right now so Chase will have as much time on it as anyone coming into this race. And with so much tarmac in Florida 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.”
Along with Kyle Busch, Andreas Bakkerud, the people’s rallycross champion and two-time European Rallycross winner, has driven the ZipRecruiter #GoNitro car. ZipRecruiter is the newest addition to Nitro RX’s increasing sponsor roster, joining Red Bull, Yokohama, Subaru Motorsports USA, and O’Reilly Auto Parts as founding series partners.
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