Kyle Miyata Larson is a professional race car driver from the United States. He was born on July 31, 1992. The No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is his full-time ride in the NASCAR Cup Series, while the No. 17 Chevrolet Camaro SS is his part-time ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Hendrick Motorsports.
Larson won the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and was named Rookie of the Year. He also won the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year awards.
Larson’s prowess in dirt track racing predates and extends beyond his stock car racing career. He has won major races like the Kings Royal, Knoxville Nationals, and Chili Bowl Nationals. In 2015, while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race.
Contract extensions were signed by both Kyle Larson and sponsor HendrickCars.com with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2026 season. For 35 races, Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet will carry the principal sponsorship of HendrickCars.com. Larson’s contract with the team was set to expire after the 2023 NASCAR season, but the team has decided to continue backing him in all of his other endeavors.
A lot of people inside and outside of the company had very high hopes for Kyle when he joined our team. According to Rick Hendrick, “he has well surpassed them.” “Kyle has not only demonstrated his ability as a champion driver but also as a champion in other areas. We’re happy to keep working with him because of the positive light he shines on our organization and our products. What lies ahead is a very promising future.
Kyle Larson has signed a contract extension through 2026. He describes negotiating the deal with his childhood hero, Jeff Gordon, who now runs day-to-day operations at Hendrick. pic.twitter.com/9IEIs8jXwH
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 16, 2022
For the 2021 season, Larson will be driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Larson and his crew chief Cliff Daniels won 10 races and the NASCAR Cup Series championship in his rookie season with the organization.
The current titleholders enter Saturday night’s elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway with two victories (Fontana and Watkins Glen) and 27 points above the cutline.
The significance of this change is beyond words,” Larson remarked. Every race car driver hopes for the day when they can fight for the best team and most prestigious sponsors in the sport. It’s an honor to count on such stellar allies and to receive such enthusiastic encouragement from my devoted following.
I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group for having faith in Cliff and me. There’s no doubt that we’ve accomplished a lot so far, but I think our best is yet to come.
To kick off the 2022 season, Larson started on the front row for the Daytona 500. Larson had a late-race incident on lap 192 of the 500-mile races, dropping him to the 32nd position overall. At Auto Club Speedway, Larson clinched his 17th career victory. Larson’s wheel fell off on lap 84 at Sonoma, dropping him from first to fifteenth. Cliff Daniels, the team’s crew chief, was suspended for four races after the event.
For the next four races, Kevin Meendering, Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief for the 2019 season, will step in. After his ban ended, Daniels made his way back to Pocono. Larson finished eighth at Pocono, but after disqualifications for Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, he was given credit for the fifth position.
Larson took home his second victory of the year at Watkins Glen. Larson signed a contract extension with HMS on September 16th, 2022, keeping him through 2026.
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