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TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1, met media members at Daytona 500 Media Day and mentioned his vision of Daytona 500, making an attempt to maintain up with the wins of final season and lots of different subjects. Good transcription:

Has it come again to Dayton now? Don't should answer the question about profitable.

CHASE ELLIOTT: Just nice to have the difficulty removed for at the very least a short while. So, I mean, if it wasn't, it is, When, are you able to win once more? It's all the time one thing. It’s a must to do your job and get it.

Have you ever been capable of keep anonymity after a victory?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Do you all the time need to proceed, proper? I feel that an necessary factor that was essential earlier than we gained the competitors is, I feel, simply profitable and profitable typically. Women and gentlemen, the final 4 gamers, they win and win all the time. Once they have their automobiles, they do the day, you recognize they are going to be one in every of your mates. Just me and our group need to be.
That is my objective for this season.

I feel it's definitely achievable. I sit up for it.

What’s the return house and race in Atlanta?

CHASE ELLIOTT: There are definitely many fans at house. I all the time take pleasure in back to Atlanta. A particular place is near the home. More than that, it's a enjoyable racing monitor to drive. I’ve enjoyed racing occasions, the driving force's perspective and am glad that they don’t seem to be repave it. I’m glad that we get back. Wanting forward to getting there subsequent week.

What a few new package deal?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I'm not driving it. I had no checks out of season. I really don't know what to anticipate. I talked to my teammates a bit of about who it was. However I haven't had the prospect to go drive or see first, so we see.

In case your age is that folks query the victory, do you are feeling it was a bit untimely?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Not likely. I've competed in a very long time. I feel should you get this level, you already know what you're doing or not.
To be trustworthy, I need to earn a seat right here. I don't need to offer you an opportunity, no matter what my identify is. I need to feel like I belonged. I feel it's as necessary to me as something.

I need to earn justice. I need to earn to be here. I need to establish myself in favor of a driver and I'm the man who falls. I feel that no matter age, I might have completed numerous competition to get so far. I feel like you understand how to drive or not.

Yeah, I feel it was undoubtedly the time I needed to figure it out.

Have been you impatient?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I wouldn't say impatient. I needed to win a get-go. Lucky to win through the years, Xfinity, Truck, get so far. You’ll be concerned, I feel you perceive how troublesome it’s, the competitors towards one of the best on Sundays. There isn’t any Friday, it definitely isn't Saturday. That's the actual factor.

They say profit can improve profit. You gained as soon as, then gained shortly afterwards. Is there one thing about it?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Yeah, I feel it's a bit fantasy. Everybody stated it. I don't assume a lot about it. I do not know. I feel it was a bit extra coincidental than it was. Everybody says whenever you win, they get simpler then. I'm unsure.

I feel we had some updates and a few performance at the moment. That's why this led to extra good results than I might do one thing else.

Alan Gustafson, talks about this relationship, the way it has grown. Do you are feeling the strain that he gained himself?

CHASE ELLIOTT: No, I feel Alan has finished a very good job with a flat head. He has finished quite an excellent job of final yr's ups and downs to keep everyone flat. I have come to appreciate him. I all the time recognize her, I all the time respect her. How he offers with situations within the first three years, this guy is absolutely good at what he does. I'm unsure anyone is a lot better.

Not that he would have put strain on you, but he is from Dayton…

CHASE ELLIOTT: He has never gained 500.

What would you assume in case you might give him a victory?

] CHASE ELLIOTT: I feel it will be great. It’s enjoyable. We talked concerning the second day, what number of alternatives he needed to overcome, how close he got here. He has by no means gained the Daytona 500 or the championship. I might love to offer both of this stuff to her. He definitely deserves both.

He's in all probability built within the final ten years, I might say, four or 5 years, I might say his automotive has in all probability been the quickest in this. It's pretty impressive how good he’s. Unfortunately, none of those years has worked. Hope we will do it for him.

You talked concerning the want to earn stuff. Many people stated if you started the Cup that they have been waiting for you to win, you are the hottest. Clearly, it’s a must to earn it on the monitor, but is it some compliment that folks anticipate so much from you?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Yeah, I mean, expectations outdoors a small circle, as a lot as you want me to say, I need to touch upon it, really does not matter. I know that is such a boring answer. It’s so much the truth.
This external perspective and the individuals who sit at residence have by no means pushed racing, telling you what's right, what's flawed, it's so tired, I feel it's so mistaken.
The fact that is even the subject of dialogue is, for my part, fascinating. I'm going to worry about me, fear about my workforce, we'll care for each other and make one another higher. Outdoors I don't really care.

In case you did, it might in all probability drive nuts.

CHASE ELLIOTT: In all probability it might. I have no idea. There are fascinating individuals, man. It's fascinating. However even when they like me or hate me, I respect them in each ways. They will not harm my emotions if they hate me or me. Good to get them.
What have been your thoughts on watching Daytona 500 as a toddler if you take a look at your father competing? Did you assume you needed to be part of in the future? Now that you simply've accomplished it a couple of occasions, are you going back to it?

CHASE ELLIOTT: No, not likely. I’m sorry. Sadly, as a toddler, he by no means was – I feel he was sitting in a chair right here with Ray in the early 2000s, someplace there. I assumed he did one yr. Perhaps they weren't. But I assumed so. I keep in mind vaguely that happening for fulfillment.

At that age, I was extra concerned concerning the playground where it was cool. In addition, he by no means had a lot success in Dayton. Sadly I received caught in lots of wrecks. I wasn't born or might have skilled the actually good days he had here, sadly.
(Sports Betting)

CHASE ELLIOTT: I'm not a lot better. I actually don't drag anything. I don't even know. I couldn't inform you, so … I'm not beating. When you guess, good.

Very straightforward to comply with?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Very straightforward, yes. Sorry.

(No microphone.)

CHASE ELLIOTT: It's great. I feel the blokes need themselves. I'm making an attempt to be myself. I feel he's making an attempt to be himself. He should personal it. Everybody should personal their own, proper? She does her, I do it. We're taking place the street.
She has a very good character. She's a fast-paced, enjoyable man.

When voting for the preferred driver, it's in all probability inferior to profitable 12 races a yr, how a lot does it mean to you? How a lot do you assume it is a little bit of your father's residue?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I'm not going to take a seat right here and say that I did every thing because I actually wasn't.
Right here's a couple of issues. One, I typically marvel why. I can definitely see why my father, his upbringing, what he had, the place he ended up, the success he had, anybody can respect it, right? It's a narrative everyone needs to hear.

I feel why? I feel the sounds are cool, the trophy is cool, but there’s nothing cooler than seeing hats and T-shirts, individuals cheer you up on Sundays. It's part of something I'll never forget. If I never win it once more, it's the good piece since 2018, from the fans' perspective. I definitely observed it. In the event that they do noise in a method or another, that's a very good factor.

Final yr we have been charming and recognize it. We're making an attempt to get more followers over time. I will maintain me. If you wish to comply with it, it's great. If not, it's nice. Good to have you ever.

NASCAR determination-makers are beginning to weigh the longer term.

CHASE ELLIOTT: I?

No, NASCAR. Begin by weighing a number of the modifications, be it on schedule, bringing new producers. What do you’ve gotten probably the most for you? Anybody who is yours?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Man, no. I'm not writing rules. It's not my job. I'm unsure. I used to do something that I used to be here and annoyed with various things. It's my arms, like my place.

I am joyful to be right here and pleased to be driving. I'm specializing in competitions on Sundays. If they are in search of my opinion, I want to ask me, I might be comfortable to offer them behind closed doors, however not here right now.

Do you assume the schedule is something?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I don't assume it matters.

(No microphone.)

CHASE ELLIOTT: Apparently, Daytona is a superb breed. If you do it at first of the yr, you really don't take into consideration how you get it over as a result of the yr is so lengthy. Yes, I had a fast automotive right here final yr. All of this was drowning once we had a very good pair of summer time months.

Yeah, I feel at the start of the yr, if in case you have a nasty day here, you possibly can just go about it since you haven't competed for the championship here. It's the first yr of the yr. I feel the championship for me means greater than this competition. I feel it might maintain an unfortunate day right here.

The place have been you four years in the past once you started this now, the place do you assume you might have grown or modified most personally?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I really don't know. I want to consider that I have just acquired a greater driver. I feel that over time you will achieve extra experience…
Typically you don't assume or feel that you’ve superior from a driving place. But whenever you do things, you get just a little bit extra, you improve. I want to assume that years of expertise has received a bit better.

I can't say that the strategy is actually totally different. I can't really say – I don't really feel like an individual who was three years in the past.

Just as I consider I’ve improved some through the journey, and finally what I need to improve, the better. Hope that is the case.

Double obligation this weekend. Talk about the way it came collectively.

CHASE ELLIOTT: It was a sort of final-minute supply. They have turn into my companion. They’re within the automotive with Bubba on Sunday. A good way to get them began. Opportunity ran, they jumped proper. It was awesome. Nice to get them. They've been great at working really since they have been concerned final yr.
I look ahead to seeing them within the automotive. The automotive seems to be good. I have no plans to run any races after Daytona with them or anything, or JRM. Nevertheless, we see how it goes on Saturday and we attempt to win them.

What are the better conversations about your previous man on the street?

CHASE ELLIOTT: Nothing I can share here, I don't assume so. It's type of fun. He doesn't pay attention much to the radio. We're going to drive, it doesn't matter if it's 30 minutes or three hours, the radio isn't on. If somebody is going to make use of it, it have to be another person.

I'm stuck in the front seat Blaney, the seat again and listened to music. I'm unsure what they have been talking about. I feel I used to be watching a movie or one thing behind.
Yeah, it's humorous. He doesn't take heed to music on the street.

Do you need to speak about classic competitions with him?

CHASE ELLIOTT: We don't actually converse truthfully. As I stated earlier than, we don't spend a lot time talking about racing automobiles. We're doing right here or there. It's more about other issues, flying, issues like that.

What's your look on Sunday? The automotive seems to be fairly good?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I'm unsure. If we don't crash it tomorrow night time, I feel it's okay. I just need to do it tomorrow night time without dismantling one other automotive. I have two deep right now. I need to cease there.
Yeah, if we will do it, I feel we now have nearly as good a shot as anybody.

With out the truth that the automotive would have a master, it makes you extra vital to not crash tomorrow night time?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I feel it's necessary. There's some type of twist. If we fail, I consider it might be an excellent thing, as a result of Josh can work in our Atlanta automotive and get our stuff ready for the west coast, which is a silver lining in every thing, if any.

Flipside is in case you tear something up tomorrow, we lost an extra hand that may be nice in that case. We're making an attempt our greatest to not crash. We definitely need to put ourselves in aggressive positions and race, as we must all the time see when you can study one thing for 500.

Yeah, I feel his absence can be an enormous deal if we should always get one other automotive ready. And the fact that I've fallen Conflict exercise and crashed backup of Sunday, we are at this level in the deep.

It might be that our Atlanta automotive will go if I crash another. Wait and see.

You’ve got been teammates with Jimmie for a number of years. What have you ever accomplished concerning the comments, did he do it? Do you are feeling like he is shocking individuals this yr?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I don't know why it will be a shock to anybody. It's foolish to me. I feel it's actually foolish that someone even thinks the guy can't do it anymore. I imply, silly, foolish. When you’ve got such a fantastic success, simply as you ask me when I am going to win the race, in his case, when are you going to win again? If not, one or the opposite. It's all the time one thing. You all the time ask a question. There’ll all the time be a topic for discussion.

When a good friend has had such an awesome success, it gained seven championships, 83 competitions, should never be a question of someone driving a automotive, profitable. It should by no means be thought of.

On-line competitors, you’re my son's favourite driver. He refuses to compete with you. Do you advocate enjoying for youngsters?

CHASE ELLIOTT: I don't play much. However he shouldn't be afraid of me. I crashed lots here. If he plundered if he rob a video game, it will sadly be very similar to three thus far, so…

Inform him he's not afraid.

How onerous is it towards Fords?
CHASE ELLIOTT: It's exhausting to say. I don't know what their recreation plan is, how they strategy competitions, how much they work together, crossing organizations. I do not know. I don't realize it from any manufacturer's personal aspect.

Their job is. They will drive their race the best way they want. It's their selection. I really do not know. They've definitely been robust at Talladega, they usually even have fast automobiles. Additionally they have great racing drivers who drive their automobiles. That's an enormous difference. I feel for those who put Brad or Joey in one other automotive, they’ll in all probability run properly.

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