Chase Elliott is raring to resume his championship-caliber stature in the NASCAR Cup Series next year after experiencing a challenging season marred by injury.
He spent six weeks in recovery after breaking his leg during a snowboarding incident in early March, missed the playoffs for the first time in his career and finished 10th in the owner standings.
Much of his offseason will now be spent in a similar fashion, as he recently underwent a shoulder surgery to repair an “old injury,” according a social media video the Georgia native released on Friday morning.
The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports driver updated his fans about his status in the video, stating, “Had an old injury that I needed to get tended to. Obviously, the offseason is a much better time to do that than my last surgery. So here we are. Everything is all good and ready to go for 2024.”
Little life update.. pic.twitter.com/f6tKODUsfw— Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) November 17, 2023
Hendrick Motorsports followed up with a statement, which explained the surgery in more detail.
“The 27-year-old driver underwent an outpatient procedure Wednesday to correct a torn labrum. The team said the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion had an MRI on Monday after experiencing chronic shoulder pain in recent years,” the statement read.
Elliott is expected to make a full recovery by the time the Clash at the Coliseum exhibition race rolls around on Feb. 4. It will mark Elliott’s ninth season of full-time competition in the Cup Series.