DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Everyone knows the friendship between Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott off the race track.
But how about the one between Blaney and Chase’s father, Bill Elliott?
Blaney got to know the Hall of Fame driver a little better during a four-hour, music-less drive with the two Elliotts to Colorado last season between races in Texas and Phoenix.
“Bill doesn’t listen to the radio, so it’s dead silent,” Blaney recalled Wednesday at Daytona 500 Media Day. “And I had to sit in the front seat with him and Chase was sleeping in the back. And so you make conversation.”
Despite the lack of Miss May I coming through the speakers, Blaney treasured the chat, citing his strong relationship with the elder Elliott.
“Bill’s been great to me, Bill’s a great guy,” Blaney said. “Being able to talk to someone like that, who I have so much respect for, was really special to me.”