Kyle Larson, girlfriend expecting child in December
June 13, 2014, Pat DeCola, NASCAR.com
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A week and a half ago, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson posted to Twitter a picture of a not-so-small house, saying he just got the keys to his first digs.
Now we know how he's going to fill it.
Larson announced Friday at Michigan International Speedway that he and girlfriend Katelyn Sweet are expecting their first child, continuing what has already been a memorable 2014 for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver.
"A lot of stuff going on, me and Katelyn (Sweet, girlfriend) just found out we are having a baby so it's a really exciting time," said Larson, who is 10th in points despite being the youngest driver in the series. "How good the racing has been going, a new house, all that and now that so it's been a lot of fun."
With Father's Day just two days away, the timing of the announcement couldn't have been better. Larson says the baby is due towards late December.
"It was December 29 the first time she went (to the doctor), then it was Christmas, now it is kind of back to December 29. Christmas sounds cool so I will go with Christmas."
As far as how Larson will fare this weekend at the 2-mile track in the rolling Irish Hills of Michigan, it presents the 21-year-old with a golden opportunity to back up his best performance of the season at Auto Club Speedway (also two miles), where he finished runner-up in his home state of California.
"I like Michigan a lot. It's a 2-mile track -- I think I do well on the 1.5-mile to 2-mile race tracks," Larson said. "I wish I would have gotten to race here before they repaved it. We did well here in the Nationwide race last year and looking for some good things again this week. It's probably a lot of a pit strategy race and track position race, but I feel like our Target team is good at getting me track position. I'm really excited about this weekend."
Larson's immediate success this season has been impressive. In 2013 at age 20, he competed at a high level in the Nationwide Series, but failed to win a race and finished a slightly disappointing eighth in standings in a Turner Scott Motorsports ride. When he moved up to the Sprint Cup Series to the No. 42 Chevrolet vacated by Juan Pablo Montoya, he surpassed expectations, scoring six top-10s in the 14 races of 2014 so far. Now, with a fast Michigan track ahead of his, Larson has his sights set on becoming the first rookie to win a race since Joey Logano did so in 2009.
"Yeah, I think Michigan is a good track for a first win," Larson said. "It's the size race track that I like. We have been close a few times. We have been pretty competitive every week so I think just keep knocking on the door and the wins will come. Just have to stay consistent and put yourself in contention each week to try and sneak out a win."