Berry will drive the oval races for the team while Elliott continues to recover from a fractured tibia sustained in a snowboarding accident.
At Circuit of the Americas, however, he’ll be replaced by Jordan Taylor, who will make his NASCAR debut in the No. 9.
“We’re focused on getting Chase back to 100%, so we’ll take however much time is necessary and make sure he has the best resources available,” Rick Hendrick, team owner, said in a release. “Josh was impressive this weekend under difficult circumstances, and we look forward to having him drive the oval tracks until Chase is able to return.
“Jordan is a world-class road racer and has recently been working with our Garage 56 team preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He’ll be able to step in and do a great job at COTA.”
According to the release, Elliott is expected to miss six additional weeks while he recovers.
Taylor drives in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and has claimed dozens of wins — inclduing championships — in sports car competition.
Berry, who runs full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports, finished 29th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway filling in for Elliott. He has two top fives and top 10s on the season in Xfinity.
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