MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRACTICE NOTES & QUOTES
MARCH 25, 2017
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS – Hit the wall during final practice
YOU WERE HAVING A GOOD PRACTICE SESSION AT THE TOP OF THE SPEED CHART. WHAT HAPPENED?
“We had a part come loose on the left front and it’s obviously something that needs to be together to make laps. I’m not real sure why it broke or why that happened. It was nothing fancy that we were doing. I was getting into (Turn) 3 at the time. I don’t know if it was some sort of roughness to the race track that bounced it loose, or what. I was really happy with the NAPA Chevy throughout that run. Unfortunately, this now puts us behind. But we’ll look into it and try to get this car fixed for tomorrow. We would love to keep this primary car. I don’t know if we can or not. I know they’ll work hard and try to get it tuned-up for tomorrow.”
IS THE CAR REPAIRABLE OR WILL YOU HAVE TO GO TO A BACKUP?
“We’re going to try to not go to a backup car. We’re not 100 percent certain, but the crew is working hard to try to get it tuned-up. Hopefully we can get it back like it was.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – Comments following the final practice session:
HOW WAS PRACTICE, AND HOW IS THE BACKUP CAR?
“I think we ended the session pretty good. We still need to be a bit better, but it took us a few runs to get the car sorted out and find a direction with the set-up of the Lowe’s Chevy. So overall, I think we ended in a respectable spot.”