Hendrick Motorsports, Kyle Larson, NASCAR, NASCAR Cup Series, Rick Hendrick, Chip Ganassi Racing with Hendrick Motorsports to drive No. 5 in 2021
kyle larson has signed a multi yard contract with hendrick motorsports to drive the number five chevrolet camaro zl11 liter e beginning with the 2021 nasco cup series season, the 28 year old driver will be paired With crew chief cliff daniels, who will shift from the number 48 chevrolet, currently driven by seven time cup, series champion jimmy johnson in his final full time season? Hendrick motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how drivers represent the team and its partners. Larson said in a team release. My goal is to win races, be a great teammate, continue my personal efforts to grow and hold myself to that high standard personally and professionally. Making the absolute most of this platform, and the opportunity in front of me is my focus. I know what’s expected of me and what i expect of myself on and off the track. Mr hendrick is one of the people who extended a hand to me over the past six months. Our initial conversations were not about racing. He cares about me as a person and wants to see me succeed beyond driving. I can’t put into words how grateful i am for the commitment, the faith and the confidence from him and everyone at hendrick. Motorsports larson was reinstated by naysker officials on october 19, following his completion of sensitivity, training at the sanctioning body’s direction more than six months after his april suspension for his use of a racial slur during an eye racing event, larson continues to fulfill requirements in order to Keep his nascar membership current and his reinstatement will be effective.
On january 1, 2021. the asian american driver moved up the ranks through the nascar drive for diversity program becoming the first graduate to race full time. At the cup series level, larson now serves as a mentor for the initiative, along with his work as a volunteer for the urban youth racing school in philadelphia, which provides a platform to expose students of color to motorsports. Following his suspension, larson also began working with saner foundation, a minneapolis based program to advance diversity, equity and community. Well being since his rookie season in 2014, larson has accumulated six race, victories 101 top 10 finishes and four playoff appearances in 223 starts with former team chip. Ganassi racing, which parted ways with larson in april larson will join current hendrick motorsports drivers alex bowman moving to the number 48, william byron and chase elliott next season. The four drivers have a combined 18 cup series victories and have achieved 18 play off. Berths kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world said team owner rick hendrick he has championship level ability and will be a significant addition to our on track program. More importantly, i have full confidence that he understands our expectations and will be a tremendous ambassador for our team. Our partners and nascar kyle and i have had many many conversations leading up to today’s announcement i’m, confident about what’s in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career.
Kyle has done important work over the past six months and hendrick motorsports is going to support those continued efforts. I’M excited about our roster of young talent, hendrick added. We have a team that is built to win races and compete for championships for years to come. Larson’S return will also mark the comeback for hendrick motorsports flagship number five car, which last competed in 2017 with casey carney at the wheel. The organization will no longer field the number 88, which has raced in the nasco cup series since 2008, with two time daytona 500 winner dale earnhardt, jr and bowman larson, will become the tenth driver to pilot the number five for the hendrick organization. Nascar hall of fame driver terry labante, experienced the most success in the number five chevrolet earning 12 cup series victories and winning the 1996 championship. Other drivers to win with the famed number include: jeff, bodine, seven wins carney six mark martin, five kyle bush four and ricky rudd 4.. The 5 is special to me it’s, the original hendrix said. I view it as hendrick motorsports flagship team in a lot of ways to bring the car back to the racetrack is meaningful for my family and for many of our team members and fans.