Jeff Gordon Announces Plans to Retire; Chase Elliott Slated to Drive No. 24

It’s the end of an era in the world of racing as Jeff Gordon announces plans to retire from full-time NASCAR competition next season. While Jeff Gordon can never be replaced, a new age will commence for the iconic no. 24 Chevrolet with the up-and-coming Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend and Hall of Fame racer, Bill Elliot.

Earning the reputation as a fierce competitor, upstanding gentlemen, and Pepsi prankster, Gordon first began his NASCAR career in 1992, and shortly thereafter won his first of three Daytona 500s at the age of 25 – becoming the youngest to finish first in the race.

A winner in his own right, Elliott is the youngest champion of any NASCAR series after winning the 2014 Nationwide Championship. “Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver,” team owner Rick Hendrick said. “Not only is he a special talent inside the car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see.”

We here at Nehls Chevrolet will watch with great nostalgia as Gordon takes the No. 24 for his last laps around the track – but with great relish look forward to the new age of Chevy racing!

Chevrolet Diagnoses Daytona Pace Car Fire Problem

Problem behind the Daytona pace car fire has been revealed.
Many cars saw the checkered flag last Sunday night, but one pace car did not.

Chevrolet believes that a pinched wire on the auxiliary strobe light system may have been at fault for the Daytona pace car fire during Sunday’s Sprint Unlimited NASCAR event.

Former NASCAR driver Brett Bodine and a passenger were in the blue Chevrolet SS pace car when the car’s trunk started to smoke.

Fortunately, no one was injured. This fiery experience happened prior to the final part of the 75-lap race. Chevrolet had a backup pace car that worked just fine for the rest of the race.

Chevy will be using a new LED strobe system for the Great American Race on Sunday and says that no one should be worried as this new system has been in the works for quite some time.

The Chevrolet SS pace car for the Daytona 500 will be red, and Chevrolet Racing marketing manager Jeff Chew said that there was only minor damage to the blue pace car and that they will be more than likely to use it again in a future race.

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