Chase Elliott was happy with the efforts of the no.9 Hendrick Motorsports team after his win at Road America.
The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Elliott visited the victory lane for the second time in 2021 last Sunday at Road America. After the triumph, the no.9 car driver admitted that he was delighted with how the team worked on a difficult, but successful day for them.
“Just really, really proud of our team. Yeah, we really kind of struggled yesterday [on Saturday] and never got into a good rhythm I didn’t feel like on my end. And I thought we could be a little better with the car. Made a lot of changes overnight. Kind of started the day. I thought that I liked it – I thought. But I just still wasn’t in a good rhythm. About halfway I felt like I started to kind of put things together, start minimizing some mistakes I’d been making all weekend, then started finding some pace,” Elliott said.
“So, yeah, after that it got fun. I was able to get a flow going, get in rhythm. Then from there we were able to get on — we kind of got caught up from our bad starting spot, got on the same strategy as the leaders. From there, we were able to go to work. Had things going good enough to keep up and get by those guys.”
The day did not start well for Elliott as he qualified only 34th. However, misfortune in the morning did not affect him in the afternoon at all.
“No. I mean, it is what it is. Yes, it wasn’t good, but it’s not like you don’t have enough time if things are good,” he added.
“Yes, it’s a bad starting spot, a lot of opportunity to tear something up, get in the back of somebody or something back there. That’s obviously not good.”
“At the same time if your car is good, we made the right adjustments, all those things, I feel like 60 however many laps the race was is plenty of time to work itself out. Fortunately, we did make the right changes and our car was good, we were able to move forward and have a shot.”