The post-Jeff Gordon era in NASCAR has arrived, it’s a time we knew was coming, but it still just hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Jeff Gordon won’t be competing for the coveted Sprint Cup Trophy next season. How is Hendrick’s motorsports going to fill the loss of such a major fan base icon? Put the rookie of the year and second-generation hot shot driver, Chase Elliott, behind the wheel of the No. 24 Hendricks motorsports Chevrolet, of course!

Chase Elliott, son of 1988 champion and Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, will take over one of the most coveted rides in all of motorsports. A ride that Jeff Gordon started driving in 1992 at the Napa 500, which coincidentally was Richard Petty’s final career race and a race that Elliott’s father, Bill, won. How’s that for full circle? (Like the “full circle” pun?) One of the most famous races in NASCAR history and Chase gets to carry on the legacy. No pressure Chase!

Elliott, the youngest champion in NASCAR XFINITY series history has spent his whole life preparing for this moment. All of his team is behind him 100% from his sponsor NAPA Auto Parts, crew chief Alan Gustafson, Rick Hendrick and the whole crew at Hendricks Motorsports.

Chase is extraordinary, Gordon has said of Elliott, and no doubt Gordon will be a great mentor to the rookie as he embarks on this new chapter of his career. We can’t wait to follow Chase as he makes his debut as Hendrick’s new golden boy at the 2016, Daytona 500.

Thanks for the memories Jeff Gordon and we look forward to hearing “Start your engines”!