World News – US – Kyle Larson signs with Hendrick Motorsports to drive No 5 in 2021


Kyle Larson has signed a multi-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE from the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season

The 28-year-old will be paired with team manager Cliff Daniels, who will switch from the No 48 Chevrolet currently driven by seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson in his final full-time season

« Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set the bar high for performance and how drivers represent the team and its partners, » Larson said in a team statement. “My goal is to win races, to be a great teammate, to continue my personal efforts to grow and maintain myself at this high level personally and professionally. Making the most of this platform and the opportunity before me is my goal. I know what is expected of me and what I expect of me, on and off the track

« Mr. Hendrick is one of the people who has reached out to me over the past six months Our initial conversations weren’t about running. He cares about me as a person and wants to see me succeed beyond driving I can’t say how grateful I am for the commitment, faith and trust of him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports « 

Humbled, honored and so grateful for this next chapter of my life Thank you @TeamHendrick looking forward to great things on and off the track! imageTwittercom / MFjFQlTpsi

Larson was reinstated by NASCAR officials on October 19 after completing sensitivity training under the guidance of the sanctioning body, more than six months after his suspension in April for using a racial slur during a iRacing event Larson continues to meet requirements in order to keep his NASCAR membership current, and his reinstatement will be effective January 1, 2021

The Asian-American driver rose through 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, with his work as as a volunteer for the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia, which provides a platform to expose students of color to motorsport

Following his suspension, Larson also began working with the Sanneh Foundation, a Minneapolis-based program to promote diversity, equity, and community well-being.

Since his rookie season in 2014, Larson has racked up six race wins, 101 top-10 finishes and four playoff appearances in 223 starts with former team Chip Ganassi Racing, who parted ways with Larson in April

Larson will join current Hendrick Motorsports drivers Alex Bowman (rising to 48), William Byron and Chase Elliott next season All four have racked up 18 Cup Series wins and earned 18 playoff spots

« Kyle is hands down one of the most talented race car drivers in the world, » said team owner Rick Hendrick “He has championship level capabilities and will be an important addition to our on-track program. More importantly, I have no doubts that he understands our expectations and will be a great ambassador for our team, our partners and NASCAR Kyle and I have had many very many conversations before today’s announcement I am convinced of what he has in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career Kyle has done an important job over the past six months and Hendrick Motorsports will support these continued efforts »

« I am excited about our roster of young talent, » added Hendrick « We have a team designed to win races and compete for championships for years to come »

Larson’s return will also mark the return of Hendrick Motorsports flagship No 5 cars, which last competed in 2017 with Kasey Kahne behind the wheel The organization will no longer indicate the No 88, who competed in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2008 with Dale Earnhardt Jr, double winner of the Daytona 500 and Bowman Larson will become the 10th driver to drive the No 5 for the Hendrick organization

NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Terry Labonte has had the 5 most successful Chevrolets, taking 12 Cup Series wins and winning the 1996 Championship. Other drivers up for grabs with the famous number are Geoff Bodine (seven wins ), Kahne (six), Mark Martin (five), Kyle Busch (four) and Ricky Rudd (four)

« The ‘5’ is special to me It’s the original, » said Hendrick. « I consider them to be the flagship team of Hendrick Motorsports in many ways. Bringing the car back to the race track is meaningful to my family and to many of our team members and fans. We plan to build on his winning story with Kyle and Cliff « 

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World News – United States – Kyle Larson signs with Hendrick Motorsports to drive No 5 in 2021



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