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In just two full-time seasons in the Cup Series, Chase Elliott has garnered quite the fan base.
While the notion would normally be to see what could be done to grow that fan following, Elliott says he’s just going to be himself, according to racer.com.
Earlier this week, Elliott was one of four drivers participating in tire testing at Texas Motor Speedway. The Hendrick Motorsports driver made sure to make his message loud and clear.
“I’m not as active as a lot of people are on Twitter, I think that’s just because that is the way my personality is,” said Elliott. “I’m not going to jump out of the box of my personality to appease other people, never have been that way and I’m not going to be that way.”
One of the best things about NASCAR is the back-and-forth between drivers and their fans on social media, but it’s understandable that some drivers may not be inclined to be as active on the platforms.
Elliott will be driving the new No. 9 Chevy Camaro ZL1 this season, after spending the past two seasons in the No. 24. He drove the No. 9 for JR Motorsports during his first two Xfinity seasons when he won a championship in 2014, then finished second in 2015.
The young driver continues to rise through the ranks of the sport, so it’s only natural that his fan base will grow with him.
“I have been very lucky to have had some great supporters over the past couple of years,” Elliott said. “I hope we can grow that.”
“If I’m not the right guy for somebody, then hey, there are 39 other people to choose from, and I think that is your choice, so I will respect it either way,” added Elliott.
Last year, Elliott finished in second place five times, but couldn’t quite get over the hump to get his first Cup Series win. With the addition of the new Camaro, that could change soon.