Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports and his former team mate and seven time champion Jimmie Johnson who makes his NTT IndyCar Series race debut with Chip Ganassi Racing on April 18th at Barber Motorsports Park have their sights firmly setting on winning this weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
In 2020, then defending NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch competed in the race and speaking about NASCAR participation in this iconic race, Elliott said:
“I think it’s a great thing. “I’m sure that outside of myself and Kyle there have been other champions with interest, but maybe the opportunities just didn’t align right.’
“Things have changed quite a bit since I’ve been down here for a test session.“I’m probably the one (on his team) with the least amount of experience, so I’m getting more reps in the car at this point just to try to help with my comfort and confidence in the car,’’ Johnson said of his DPi work to date. “I’m out there having a ton of fun but certainly trying to make each lap count because they are so limited and I’m trying to learn as much as I can personally out there.’’
“For me, I just felt like I wanted to try different things, “I’m still fairly young – in my 20s. I think as you get older, it just gets harder to learn new disciplines. I think while I’m at the stage I’m at, I’d like to step into other areas and learn different things.“I think the more diverse you can be, the better you’ll be at the end of the day and the more equipped you’re going to be down the road. Just trying to learn as much as I can at the age I’m at. It’s a good time to do these things. I have good opportunities to go do them, so why not?”