Atlanta Motor Speedway ‘fitting place’ for Chase Elliott’s broadcasting debut
HAMPTON, Ga. – Chase Elliott will make his broadcasting debut during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, FS1).
Elliott will join Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip as a guest analyst in the FS1 television booth, something the calm-mannered young driver never envisioned for himself.
“I’m excited, it’s something that I’ve never done before and I honestly didn’t really see myself doing it or being asked to do it, so that was kind of cool,” Elliott said Friday morning prior to Monster Energy Cup Series practice at the 1.5-mile track.
Elliott is a Dawsonville, Georgia native, located roughly two hours north of the 1.5-mile speedway.
“I thought Atlanta was a fitting place to give it a shot,” Elliott added.
He’s looking forward to the opportunity, but he’ll be up before sunrise Saturday morning to prepare for his time in the booth.
“We have a broadcast meeting in the morning at 7:30 a.m., which I’m kind of excited about and I’m also kind of not excited about being it is at 7:30 in the morning,” Elliott joked.
Elliott doesn’t have to look too far to receive a few announcing pointers, as he has a good mentor available in FOX NASCAR analyst and four-time champion Jeff Gordon.
“I have not talked to anybody about it really yet,” Elliott said. “I think after that we will probably talk a little bit, maybe to Jeff (Gordon). I think he is a great one to lean on. He has a lot of experience over the past year or so. I’m not sure if he will be in that meeting or not, but we will see.”