Kyle Larson 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Kyle Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate to score a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride. He’ll drive the No. 42 Chevrolet SS for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson’s first two NASCAR Sprint Cup Races in 2013 literally ended with a bang due to engine failures. He was better able to showcase his talents in his third race, driving Phoenix Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet to a 23rd-place finish Texas Motor Speedway. Larson’s best performance came in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he finished 15th.
Larson’s full-time job in 2013 was to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He compiled a record of nine top-five finishes (including second-place efforts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Dover International Speedway and Homestead) and 17 top 10s. He was eighth in the points and named the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He is the first Asian-American driver to receive the award in a NASCAR national series. In April, Larson won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Rockingham Speedway. He also finished second in the series’ inaugural dirt race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Larson won the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series championship driving for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program’s Rev Racing.
Before being signed as a Chip Ganassi development driver for the 2012 season, Larson claimed 22 open-wheel wins in 2011, including victories in the World of Outlaws series, all three United States Auto Club national divisions and the American Sprint Car Series. In one night, Larson swept the races in all three USAC divisions (midget, sprint and Silver Crown) at Eldora Speedway.
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Car: No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
Team Owner: Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates
Crew Chief: Chris Heroy