Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon when the four-time NASCAR champion retires at the end of this season.

Elliott is the reigning Xfinity Series champion, and Hendrick Motorsports had to find a Sprint Cup seat for him or risk losing the 19-year old to another organization.

Elliott will drive a second season in NASCAR's second-tier series this year with JR Motorsports.

He will also make five Sprint Cup starts, debuting in March at Martinsville, in the #25 Chevrolet for Hendrick.