Motorsports Boss Breaks His Silence on Chase Elliott’s Blame-Game
Chase Elliott is a proven winner – the fact that he made it to the Championship 4 race is a testament to how good his performances have been. But a win in Phoenix for the 2020 champion would be another feather to an already crowded cap.
Rick Hendrick spoke to Bob Pockrass about Chase Elliott’s attitude and mentality – always wanting more from himself than blaming others. He said “…And when Chase Elliott can’t drive a car because we messed the setup, that’s not his fault. But he will never want to defame the team. He always takes it upon himself. I’ve talked to him a lot about it. I think he just feels like he can carry it, and if he doesn’t he’s failed.”
“And that’s not… I admire that about him to a certain point that I see so many drivers get out and blame the car for everything. And he will never do that. His confidence is high. And I think he’s so competitive, he just wants to put the team and the organization before himself. He knows how good he is and I’ve talked to him several times this week.”
“He’s ready for this race, he wants to win another Championship, and Alan’s burning up to win another one too. So he, I think once he gets out of the car you’re seeing just a little bit of frustration of where they finished, and he’s just disappointed. But he does carry a lot of the lug he doesn’t need to carry,” said Rick.
From what Hendrick says, Chase Elliott is a far more mature driver than most would be after 15-20 years of driving; he, on the other hand, is just 26 years old. His achievements show it, and Hendrick has a jewel in their hands in form of Elliott.