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Kyle Larson
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Larson at Richmond Raceway in 2019
BornKyle Miyata Larson
(1992-07-31) July 31, 1992 (age 28)
Elk Grove, California
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg)
Achievements2011 Belleville Midget Nationals Champion
2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
2012, 2016, 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner
2013 UNOH Battle at the Beach All-American Winner
2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona Overall Winner
2016 Sprint Showdown Winner
2016 Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby Winner
2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Winner
2020 Chili Bowl Nationals Champion
2020 Indiana Midgetweek winner
2020 Pennsylvania Speedweeks winner
2020 Hoosier Hundred winner
Awards2011 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year
2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
223 races run over 8 years
Car no., teamNo. 5 (Hendrick Motorsports)
2020 position34th
Best finish6th (2019)
First race2013 Bank of America 500 (Charlotte)
Last race2020 FanShield 500 (Phoenix)
First win2016 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
Last win2019 Drydene 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 101 8
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
108 races run over 6 years
2018 position83rd
Best finish8th (2013)
First race2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Last race2018 Food City 300 (Bristol)
First win2014 Treatmyclot.com 300 (Fontana)
Last win2018 Food City 300 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
12 75 4
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
13 races run over 5 years
2016 position82nd
Best finish35th (2012)
First race2012 UNOH 225 (Kentucky)
Last race2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win2013 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Rockingham)
Last win2016 Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 10 2
Signature
Kyle Larson Signature
Statistics current as of November 8, 2020.

Kyle Miyata Larson[1] (born July 31, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver and World of Outlaws sprint car team owner. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports. He is the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and a Rookie of the Year. He is the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year as well as the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, an overall winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona and 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals Champion.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Larson racing a USAC midget in 2012

A resident of Elk Grove, California, Larson attended his first race with his parents a week after his birth. He began racing at the age of seven in outlaw karts in Northern California. As a teenager, he raced open-wheel cars, including United States Auto Club (USAC) midget, Silver Crown and sprint cars, competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports and Hoffman Racing with Toyota backing;[2] He also raced in World of Outlaws sprint cars. His first sprint car race win came at Placerville Speedway, where he was one of the youngest drivers to ever compete. He won the 2011 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, winning in all three types of USAC cars in a single night, only the second driver in history to accomplish the feat.[3] He won two Silver Crown races that season and was awarded the series' 2011 Rookie of the Year.[4] He holds the sprint car track record at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California, set in 2010.[5] In 2012, he won six USAC National Midget races including the Turkey Night Grand Prix.[6] Even during his stock car career, Larson continued racing open-wheel cars for midweek races in addition to going to New Zealand in some off-seasons to race.[7]

Stock cars[edit]

Touring series[edit]

Larson's 2012 K&N Pro Series East championship car

While there was some interest in IndyCar racing, Larson was signed for the 2012 racing season by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (EGR) as part of the team's driver development program.[8] In February 2012, at the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 at New Smyrna Speedway, Larson made his first start in a full-bodied stock car and won the race, leading only the final lap.[9] A week later, He won again at the speedway during the World Series of Asphalt.[10] Larson ran full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving for Rev Racing. In the first race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, Larson finished 9th after starting 6th. At the Bowman Gray Stadium, Larson started on the pole and later finished 5th.[11] He won his first K&N Pro Series East win at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia.[12] Larson earned his 2nd career win at New Hampshire.[13] On June 15, 2012, Larson made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Michigan International Speedway, driving for Eddie Sharp Racing. He finished 13th in the event.[14] On November 3, 2012, Larson won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship with two wins and twelve top tens in 14 races, overcoming the five wins of Corey LaJoie (son of two-time Busch Series champion Randy). Larson also named the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year.[15] On June 7, 2014, Larson won his first ARCA win at Pocono Raceway from the pole.[16][17]

Truck Series[edit]

Larson's race-winning No. 30 truck at Rockingham in 2013

In late June 2012, Larson made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Motorsports. He finished 10th in the event.[18][19]

In April 2013, Larson won his first Truck Series win at Rockingham Speedway in a close finish with Joey Logano.[20] During the celebration, Larson performed donuts without his steering wheel on, a practice he had acquired when racing go karts. The celebration prompted NASCAR to request him to keep it attached, regarding safety concerns because Larson would not have much control of the truck without the steering wheel. He finished 2nd in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.[21]

In 2016, Larson drove the No. 24 truck on a part-time basis for GMS Racing. At Martinsville, Larson finished 4th after starting 5th. He won at Eldora Speedway after holding off Christopher Bell.

In 2020, Larson had been announced to be re-joining GMS Racing to drive the No. 24 truck for the Homestead race. The collaboration stemmed from Kevin Harvick offering a bounty to full-time Cup drivers to beat Kyle Busch.[22]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Larson during his Nationwide Series rookie season in 2013.
Larson's No. 32 Nationwide Series car at Road America in 2013

In 2013, Larson moved full-time to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for Turner Scott Motorsports.[23] On the last lap of the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, he was involved in a violent crash in which his car went airborne and pierced the catchfence, completely ripping the front end of his car off. He was unharmed, but the debris hurt a number of spectators in the stands.[24] In the inaugural Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Larson was sent off the track and into the tire barriers on lap one. However, after falling three laps down due to repairs, Larson recovered to finish on the lead lap in 14th. After a 2nd-place finish at Homestead, Larson won the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Asian-American and first Drive for Diversity participant to win a Rookie of the Year Award in one of NASCAR's national touring series.[25]

In 2014, while Larson moved full-time to the Cup Series, he drove the No. 42 car on a part-time basis. At Bristol, Larson started on the pole and finished 2nd to Kyle Busch. On March 22, Larson won his first ever Nationwide Series win at Auto Club Speedway, holding off Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.[26][27] In victory lane, Larson stated, "Those last 11, 12 laps were the longest laps of my life. I've been so close to winning so many times, but the fashion we did it in was extra special." Larson once again celebrated by doing burnouts in the infield without a steering wheel.[28][29] On May 24, Larson earned his second career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway, edging Brad Keselowski.

In 2015, Larson drove the No. 42 car part-time for HScott Motorsports, sharing the ride with 2 other drivers. At Daytona, Larson finished 8th after being spun out on the last lap. He won at Homestead-Miami Speedway after holding off Austin Dillon, and the first win for HScott Motorsports.[30]

In 2016, Larson continued to drive the No. 42 part-time for Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR). During the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Larson passed Joey Logano with 15 laps to go and almost won the race until a caution came out with 2 laps to go. Larson lost the race to Denny Hamlin and finished 6th. Larson won at Pocono after the race was called due to rain on lap 53. He would win again later in the season at Texas Motor Speedway.

Larson's No. 42 Xfinity Series car at Dover in 2017

Larson ran 11 Xfinity races in 2017. He won at Auto Club Speedway after holding off Joey Logano. Larson won at Richmond International Raceway. He also won at Dover after leading 137 laps.

Cup Series[edit]

2013[edit]

On August 27, 2013, The Charlotte Observer reported that Larson will drive the No. 42 car in the Sprint Cup Series for CGR for the 2014 season and would compete for the Rookie of the Year honors.[31] The deal was officially announced on August 30, 2013.[32][33] On October 1, it was announced that Larson would make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing to prepare for his rookie season.[34] At Charlotte, Larson qualified 21st and finished 37th after an engine failure on lap 247.[35] Larson made his second Cup start at Martinsville Speedway where started 26th and finished 42nd after another engine failure.[36] At Texas, Larson started 36th and finished 23rd. He finished 15th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

2014[edit]

In his Daytona 500 debut, Larson got into the wall twice, and despite fixing the damage, he spun out on lap 22. Larson finished 38th after being crashed out by Austin Dillon on lap 163.[37] At the Auto Club 400, Larson qualified 11th and later finished second to Kyle Busch.[38][39] At Richmond, Larson recorded a speed of 126.880 miles per hour (204.194 km/h). After qualifying was rained out, Larson started first based on being the fastest in practice.[40] During the race, he was spun out by Clint Bowyer on lap 1, but recovered later and finished 16th.[41] Larson finished ninth at Talladega after starting 29th. He had a very impressive run at Pocono Raceway where he ran in the top ten the entire race and finished fifth. At Michigan, Larson spun out on lap 7; despite that, he spent 33 laps recovering from 43rd to finish eighth.

During the Michigan race, Larson blocked one of his strong supporters Tony Stewart trying to go for the lead; the block damaged Stewart's grille. In response, Stewart tried to retaliate under a yellow-flag period. When told that Stewart was mad at him for the block, Larson shrugged it off replying "Tony being Tony I guess. I was pretty tight on whoever was inside of me on the restart, and I was looking in my mirror and saw him juke to the right so I juked to the right and he hit me, and I don't know, he was just trying to teach me a lesson I'm guessing."[42] Before the Sonoma race Stewart warned Larson, angrily saying "He'll learn not to block me anytime soon."[43] Larson crashed early in the Coke Zero 400 where he finished 36th. He rebounded the next race at Loudon with a third-place finish. Larson finished seventh in the Brickyard 400. He earned his first Cup Series pole at Pocono Raceway where he set the track record with a lap speed of 183.438 mph (295.215 km/h).[44]

Larson missed his chance to make the Chase after poor finishes in the final two regular season races. At Chicagoland, Larson led 20 laps and finished third. At New Hampshire, Larson finished second to Joey Logano. At Kansas, he finished second again to Logano and his third runner-up finish. At the season finale at Homestead, Larson finished 13th and won the Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year over Austin Dillon with his statistics being higher than other rookie seasons in history, such as those of Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon.

2015[edit]

In 2015, Larson began the season with a crash in the Daytona 500 where he finished 34th. Larson finished eighth at Las Vegas, his first Top 10 of the year. He finished 10th at Phoenix. During a autograph session at Martinsville Speedway, Larson fainted and was hospitalized. He was replaced by Regan Smith.[45] Two days later, He was released from the hospital with a diagnosis of dehydration as being the cause of the faint.

Larson started on the pole in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway after qualifying was cancelled due to rain and finished 35th with two laps down. After a 12th-place finish at Richmond, Larson failed to make the Chase. During the Charlotte race, Larson and Kyle Busch both collided at the entrance of pit road which ended Larson's chances of winning and finished 21st with one lap down.[46]

2016[edit]
Larson pulls a burnout following his first career Cup win at the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

Larson started out the 2016 season with a seventh-place finish at Daytona, marking his first Top 10 and first non-DNF. Larson ran very well at Martinsville where he finished third. He also had a Top 5 car at Kansas before being caught up in a crash with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski and finished 35th. At Dover, Larson started 23rd and spent five laps a lap down before getting the free pass on lap 120. He led the race with less than 50 laps to go and was chasing down the leader Matt Kenseth during the final laps, but couldn't take the advantage of Kenseth's mistakes and finished second. Afterward, Larson stated, "Matt Kenseth, in my eyes is the cleanest racer out there. I didn't want to drive him dirty because he always races me clean. Looking back, I'd do stuff different but my time is coming."[47] At the Sprint Showdown, Larson battled with Chase Elliott for the win in the final segment. While the two made contact as they approached the start/finish line, Larson beat Elliott to lock himself into the All-Star Race.[48] In the All-Star Race, Larson took the lead on the final restart, but was caught by Joey Logano and hit the wall with two laps to go and finished 16th.[49] At the 2016 Pure Michigan 400, Larson won his first ever Sprint Cup Series race, holding off Chase Elliott. The win also qualified him into the Chase for the first time.[50] In his first Chase appearance, Larson finished 18th at Chicagoland and finished 10th at New Hampshire. He was eliminated from the Round of 16 after a 25th-place finish at Dover. At Homestead, Larson finished second to Jimmie Johnson.

2017[edit]
Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead in the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400
Larson waving the checkered flag in the air after winning the 2017 Federated Auto Parts 400 for his fourth win of the season and fifth win of his career

In 2017, Larson took the lead late in the Daytona 500 only to run out of gas on the final lap and finished 12th.[51] At Atlanta, Larson finished 2nd to Brad Keselowski. He would go on to finish second in the next two races at Las Vegas and Phoenix, which allowed him to take the points lead for the first time in his career. Larson earned his second career Cup Series win at the Auto Club 400 after starting from the pole, furthering his points lead.[52] A 17th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway hurt him, but he still maintained a four-point lead over Chase Elliott. In the 2017 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, Larson rebounded from struggles early to finish second.[53]

At Michigan International Speedway, Larson picked up his third career pole and then he led 96 laps to get his third career win, holding off Chase Elliott. At the Kentucky race, Larson started at the rear of the field after he was unable to set a qualifying time as he was stuck in an inspection. He finished second to Martin Truex Jr., but lost his points lead when he was penalized 35 points for an improper rear brake cooling assembly;[54] crew chief Chad Johnston was suspended for three races and Tony Lunders took his place. A week later, Larson won the pole at Loudon's Overton's 301, but was forced to surrender it to Truex after failing post-qualifying inspection for an unapproved rear deck fin lid.[55] He finished second in the event after starting 39th. Larson earned his fourth career win at Michigan after making a four-wide pass for the lead with two laps to go.[56] Larson earned his fifth career win at Richmond (and his first win that is not a two-mile track) in the final race of the regular season.[57]

Larson would enter the Playoffs as the second seed tied for the most wins in the regular season with four. During the Playoffs, Larson was able to easily get to the round of 12 after scoring Top 5 finishes at Chicagoland, New Hampshire, and Dover. Unfortunately, Larson would end up being eliminated after the Round of 12 after blowing an engine at Kansas, resulting in a dismal 39th-place finish. He would struggle after being eliminated, finishing 37th at Martinsville and Texas, both due to crashes, and a last place finish at Phoenix from an expired engine. Larson finished third at Homestead and would finish eighth in the standings. On November 29, Larson was named the Mobil 1 Driver of the Year.[58]

2018[edit]

Despite not winning a race throughout the 2018 season, Larson made it to the Playoffs by staying consistent with five second-place finishes, eight Top 5’s, and 13 Top 10’s. Larson started the Playoffs with his sixth runner-up finish of the season to Brad Keselowski at Las Vegas. At the Charlotte Roval race, Larson was involved in a multi-car wreck on a late restart that also included playoff contenders Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Larson's heavily damaged No. 42 car took advantage of Jeffrey Earnhardt being spun out by Daniel Hemric on the final lap and limped across the finish line in 25th place, securing him in the top 12. He experienced further bad luck at the Talladega fall race when he blew a right front tire and spun out on lap 105. He finished 11th in the race but was docked 10 driver and 10 owner points after the team violated the damaged vehicle policy by using metal tabs instead of fasteners and/or tape to repair the torn right front fender.[59] Larson was eliminated from the Round of 12 after the Kansas fall race despite finishing third. He finished 13th at Homestead and ended up ninth in the points standings, the highest of the winless drivers in 2018 along with a third consecutive Top 10 points finish.

2019[edit]
Larson during the Fanzone at the Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2019

Before the start of the 2019 season, Larson lost his primary sponsor DC Solar, whose headquarters had been raided by the FBI. Larson started out the season with a 7th-place finish at Daytona, his first top 10 of the year. On February 19, 2019, McDonald's will serve as a primary sponsor for Kyle Larson throughout the 2019 season. At Atlanta, Larson led over 100 laps before being tagged for speeding on pit road; sending him to the back of the field and finished 12th. On February 26, 2019, Larson sparked controversy on the NBC Sports segment Splash & Go! with host Rick Allen when he jokingly implied that Hendrick Motorsports starts "cheating and finding some speed" a couple of months into the start of a season. He later apologized to Rick Hendrick for his comments.[60][61] At the GEICO 500 at Talladega, Larson was involved in a major accident on the final lap, resulting his car going airborne and rolling over multiple times. He was uninjured and was credited with a 24th-place finish.

On May 18, Larson became only the third driver to win both the Monster Energy Open and the All-Star Race.[62] Larson won the pole at Sonoma for the third straight year and finished 10th in the race. A week later at Chicagoland, Larson finished second after getting passed by Alex Bowman for the lead with six laps to go. After a second-place finish at Darlington, Larson clinched his spot in the playoffs for the fourth straight year despite no wins. He finished 13th at the Charlotte Roval to advance to the Round of 12.[63]

At Dover, Larson started second and went on to score his sixth career win, ending his 75-race winless streak.[64] The win also locked him into the Round of 8 for the first time. Larson finished 39th at Talladega after getting involved in a big crash on lap 108 that left him with a fractured lower rib. He finished 14th at Kansas.[65] Despite finishing 4th at Phoenix, he was eliminated in the Round of 8.[66] At Homestead, Larson finished 40th after suffering an engine failure on lap 209. He ended up sixth in the final points standings, his career-best to date.

2020 and suspension[edit]

Larson began the 2020 season with a tenth-place finish in the Daytona 500. During the Auto Club 400, Larson hit the turn one wall after Denny Hamlin collided with him, relegating him to a 21st-place finish.[67] When the season was placed on hold after four races due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Larson was seventh in the point standings with top-ten finishes in three.[68]

On April 13, 2020, CGR suspended Larson indefinitely without pay after it became known that during an iRacing event the day before, Larson stated: "You can't hear me? Hey, nigger," believing he had lost communication.[69] Shortly after Ganassi's announcement, NASCAR also suspended him indefinitely and ordered him to complete sensitivity training before he is allowed to race again.[70] Larson would also be suspended by the World of Outlaws, but had that suspension lifted prior to their return to racing.[71] Multiple corporations such as McDonald's, Credit One Bank, and Chevrolet also terminated their sponsorship of Larson.[72] The following day, CGR fired Larson.[73][74][75] Matt Kenseth took over as Larson's replacement in the No. 42.[76] In September 2020, with Larson still suspended from NASCAR, Tony Stewart stated that if he passed reinstatement he would consider hiring Larson to drive for his team.[77]

In October 2020, after months of inactivity on social media, Larson posted an essay on his website, apologizing for using the slur and denying that it was representative of who he was. In the statement, Larson said that when racing overseas he encountered people who uttered the slur on a regular basis. He accepted accountability for his actions, including his suspension and dismissal from CGR, and said that although he finished the sensitivity training, he did more than what was required of him to change his behavior; for instance, he visited Minnesota days after George Floyd was killed and participated in a variety of classes to learn more on the African-American community. The statement also said that some of the people in his career, including Ganassi, kept in touch with him during his rehabilitation, which convinced him to have hope in saving his career. Larson also said that he hopes his setback "was a lesson for everyone," and was in the process of seeking reinstatement to the Cup Series.[78] On October 17, 2020, it was reported that Larson officially applied for reinstatement.[79] His application was successful, effective January 1, 2021.[80]

2021[edit]

On October 28, 2020, it was announced that Hendrick Motorsports signed Larson to a multi-year deal to drive the No. 5 car starting with the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. At the time of the announcement, it was also announced that the No. 5 car was not sponsored yet, though Hendrick announced that he would self-sponsor the car until they found long-term sponsors.[81] It was also announced later on that, although Hendrick normally did not allow their drivers to race anywhere other than their NASCAR team, the team negotiated a clause in the contract allowing Larson to continue racing dirt races, provided that he focused primarily on the Cup program. Despite this, Larson announced the shut-down of his self-owned sprint car team to focus on his NASCAR efforts while driving for Paul Silva's sprint-car team.

Dirt track racing[edit]

Larson owns a World of Outlaws sprint car team that fields a car for Carson Macedo. He drives for his own team (midgets) and Paul Silva (winged sprint car) on a limited schedule.

On January 18, 2020, Larson won his first Chili Bowl, a crown jewel of dirt track racing.[82] After his suspension and subsequent reinstatement to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Larson raced in the series beginning in the spring.[71] His first race was on May 8 at Knoxville Raceway, where he started 18th and finished 10th.[83] Two weeks later at Federated Auto Parts Raceway, Larson set a qualifying lap time of 9.995 seconds, the first sub-ten-second time in track history.[84] After finishing second to brother-in-law Brad Sweet in the Friday feature, he held off Brent Marks and Sweet in the Saturday event to score his first World of Outlaws victory since his NASCAR suspension.[85] Larson joined the USAC series for the 2020 Indiana Midget Week in June. He went on to take first place in all six events in the Hoosier state, winning the title. Larson continued to win in nine straight sprint car features. Larson competed for the full Pennsylvania Speedweek for 410 Sprint cars.[86] He won the event at Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night after passing Freddie Rahmer with 2 laps remaining.[86] Larson picked up his second win of the week on Thursday after leading the entire race at Hagerstown.[87] On Friday, Larson raced to his first win at Williams Grove (and 17th of the year).[88] The following night, he won again at the final event at Port Royal.[89] Larson won the PA Speedweek title with four wins and three podiums.[90]

In August 2020, Larson began running All Star Circuit of Champions races and he won the series record seventh consecutive race at Knoxville Raceway on August 1.[91] On October 18, he won the USAC Silvercrown finale at the Springfield Mile to take his 42nd feature win in various racing vehicles.[92]

Following his reinstatement by NASCAR and signing with Hendrick Motorsports in October 2020, Larson noted in an interview with The Dale Jr. Download that he would be permitted to continue dirt racing in addition to the Cup Series provided the latter be his primary commitment.[93]

Other racing[edit]

On January 4, 2014, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Larson would enter the 24 Hours of Daytona, driving the No. 02 car alongside Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Marino Franchitti.[94] During the press conference, Larson stated, "You grow up watching the NASCAR guys then you're like, ‘wow’ when you meet them. And then watching the guys in different series there's a 'wow' factor to meeting them and working with them."[95] In his Rolex 24 debut, Larson's car stalled and received a speeding penalty, but finished his stint with a fifth-place finish.[96]

Larson returned to the No. 02 Ford Daytona Prototype for the 2015 event, along with Chip Ganassi Racing teammates from IndyCar Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan and NASCAR Jamie McMurray. The team ultimately won the race.[97][98]

In 2016, Larson once again returned for the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype, only set to run for one race in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Chip Ganassi Racing. The team consisted of the same drivers from the 2015 winning car, but ran into issues with brake failures plaguing the team throughout the race.[99]

In popular media[edit]

Larson made a cameo appearance as a limo driver in the 2017 film Logan Lucky.[100]

Personal life[edit]

Larson and his son Owen in 2015

Larson's mother is Japanese American and her parents spent time in a Japanese internment camp. Larson's wife is Katelyn Sweet, the sister of World Of Outlaw sprint driver and NASCAR driver Brad Sweet.[101] Larson announced on June 13, 2014 that he and his girlfriend were expecting a child.[102] On July 16, 2014, Larson announced that the baby was a boy.[103] Owen Miyata Larson was born on December 22, 2014.[104] On November 8, 2017, Larson announced on social media that he and Katelyn were expecting a second child, due in May 2018.[105] Audrey Layne Larson was born on May 7, 2018. On December 22, 2017, Larson and Sweet became engaged[106] and they got married on September 26, 2018.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)

Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2013 Phoenix Racing 51 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT
37
TAL MAR
42
TEX
23
PHO HOM
15
57th 01 [107]
2014 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 DAY
38
PHO
20
LVS
19
BRI
10
CAL
2
MAR
27
TEX
5
DAR
8
RCH
16
TAL
9
KAN
12
CLT
18
DOV
11
POC
5
MCH
8
SON
28
KEN
40
DAY
36
NHA
3
IND
7
POC
11
GLN
4
MCH
43
BRI
12
ATL
8
RCH
11
CHI
3
NHA
2
DOV
6
KAN
2
CLT
6
TAL
17
MAR
30
TEX
7
PHO
13
HOM
13
17th 1080 [108]
2015 DAY
34
ATL
26
LVS
8
PHO
10
CAL
26
MAR
QL
TEX
25
BRI
7
RCH
12
TAL
42
KAN
15
CLT
25
DOV
3
POC
8
MCH
17
SON
15
DAY
39
KEN
35
NHA
31
IND
9
POC
12
GLN
12
MCH
13
BRI
41
DAR
10
RCH
12
CHI
7
NHA
17
DOV
9
CLT
21
KAN
29
TAL
24
MAR
19
TEX
37
PHO
21
HOM
5
19th 872 [109]
2016 DAY
7
ATL
26
LVS
34
PHO
12
CAL
39
MAR
3
TEX
14
BRI
35
RCH
15
TAL
29
KAN
35
DOV
2
CLT
13
POC
11
MCH
3
SON
12
DAY
6
KEN
19
NHA
17
IND
5
POC
6
GLN
29
BRI
24
MCH
1*
DAR
3
RCH
2
CHI
18
NHA
10
DOV
25
CLT
5
KAN
30
TAL
6
MAR
14
TEX
15
PHO
3
HOM
2*
9th 2288 [110]
2017 DAY
12
ATL
2
LVS
2
PHO
2
CAL
1*
MAR
17
TEX
2
BRI
6*
RCH
14
TAL
12
KAN
6
CLT
33
DOV
2*
POC
7
MCH
1*
SON
26
DAY
29
KEN
2
NHA
2
IND
28
POC
33
GLN
23
MCH
1
BRI
9
DAR
14*
RCH
1
CHI
5
NHA
2
DOV
5
CLT
10
TAL
13
KAN
39
MAR
37
TEX
37
PHO
40
HOM
3*
8th 2320 [111]
2018 DAY
19
ATL
9
LVS
3
PHO
18
CAL
2
MAR
16
TEX
36
BRI
2*
RCH
7
TAL
40
DOV
10
KAN
4*
CLT
7
POC
2
MCH
28
SON
14
CHI
2
DAY
29
KEN
9
NHA
12
POC
23
GLN
6
MCH
17
BRI
2
DAR
3*
IND
14
LVS
2
RCH
7
CLT
25*
DOV
12
TAL
11
KAN
3
MAR
37
TEX
5
PHO
3
HOM
13
9th 2299 [112]
2019 DAY
7
ATL
12*
LVS
12
PHO
6
CAL
12
MAR
18
TEX
39
BRI
19
RCH
37
TAL
24
DOV
3
KAN
8
CLT
33
POC
26
MCH
14
SON
10
CHI
2
DAY
20
KEN
4
NHA
33
POC
5
GLN
8
MCH
3
BRI
6
DAR
2
IND
33
LVS
8
RCH
6
CLT
13
DOV
1
TAL
39
KAN
14
MAR
9
TEX
12
PHO
4
HOM
40
6th 2339 [113]
2020 DAY
10
LVS
9
CAL
21
PHO
4
DAR DAR CLT CLT BRI ATL MAR HOM TAL POC POC IND KEN TEX KAN NHA MCH MCH DAY DOV DOV DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT KAN TEX MAR PHO 34th 121 [68]
– Qualified but replaced by Regan Smith
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2014 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 16 38
2015 29 34
2016 14 7
2017 16 12
2018 38 19
2019 26 7
2020 8 10

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 32 Chevy DAY
13
PHO
13
LVS
32
BRI
2
CAL
6
TEX
32
RCH
8
TAL
38
DAR
6
CLT
4
DOV
10
IOW
5
MCH
2
ROA
7
KEN
7
DAY
6
NHA
14
CHI
12
IND
11
IOW
5
GLN
30
MOH
14
BRI
5
ATL
5
RCH
14
CHI
32
KEN
33
DOV
2
KAN
30
CLT
13
TEX
9
PHO
32
HOM
2*
8th 995 [114]
2014 42 DAY
10
PHO
4
LVS
3
BRI
2
CAL
1
TEX
3
DAR
6
RCH
4
TAL
30
IOW CLT
1*
DOV
6
MCH
8*
ROA KEN
9
DAY
5
NHA
4
CHI
3
IND
8
IOW GLN
15
MOH BRI
26
ATL
3
RCH
13
CHI
2
KEN DOV
6
KAN
30
CLT
5
TEX
12
PHO
13
HOM
3*
80th 01 [115]
2015 HScott Motorsports DAY
8
ATL
10
LVS PHO CAL
7
TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT
33
DOV MCH
3
CHI DAY KEN NHA IND
7
IOW GLN
28
MOH BRI
2
ROA DAR
7
RCH CHI
22
KEN DOV
5
CLT KAN TEX
33
PHO
15
HOM
1*
87th 01 [116]
2016 Chip Ganassi Racing DAY
34
ATL
2
LVS PHO CAL
8
TEX
11
BRI
3*
RCH TAL DOV CLT
6
POC
1*
MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND
4
IOW GLN
3
MOH BRI
3*
ROA DAR
4
RCH CHI
2
KEN DOV CLT
4*
KAN
5
TEX
1
PHO HOM
7
87th 01 [117]
2017 DAY ATL
3
LVS
2
PHO CAL
1
TEX BRI
7*
RCH
1
TAL CLT DOV
1*
POC
3
MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA
4
IND IOW GLN
40
MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI
2
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX
3
PHO HOM 86th 01 [118]
2018 DAY
29*
ATL LVS
1*
PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI
1*
DAY
1*
KEN NHA IOW GLN
27
MOH BRI
1*
ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 83rd 01 [119]

Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGTC Pts Ref
2012 Turner Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN
10
IOW CHI POC MCH BRI ATL
6
IOW KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
2
HOM
27*
35th 134 [120]
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 30 DAY MAR CAR
1*
KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD
2
POC MCH BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 85th 01 [121]
2014 32 DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD
26
POC
18
MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO 92nd 01 [122]
42 HOM
2*
2015 JR Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI
7
NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 93rd 01 [123]
2016 GMS Racing 24 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
4
KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD
1
POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
4*
82nd 01 [124]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2012 Rev Racing 6 Toyota BRI
9
GRE
17
RCH
4
BGS
5
GRE
1
LGY
7
CNB
2
COL
21
IOW
2
NHA
1
DOV
5
GRE
4
CAR
6
1st 536 [125]
69 IOW
6

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2014 Turner Scott Motorsports 42 Chevy PHO IRW S99 IOW KCR SON
1**
SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS PHO 47th 48 [126]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts Ref
2012 Eddie Sharp Racing 6 Chevy DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH
13
WIN NJE IOW CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD SLM DSF KAN 102nd 165 [127]
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY
2
MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH ROA WIN CHI NJE POC BLN ISF MAD DSF IOW SLM KEN KAN 95th 220 [128]
2014 DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
1*
MCH ELK WIN CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD DSF SLM KEN KAN 66th 250 [129]

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2014 Chip Ganassi Racing P Ford EcoBoost Riley DP Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 Turbo DAY
8
SEB LBH LGA DET WGL MOS IMS ELK COA PET 46th 24
2015 DAY
1
SEB LBH LAG DET WGL MOS ROA COA PET
23rd 36
2016 DAY
7
SEB LBH LAG DET WGL MOS ROA COA PET 29th 25

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

24 Hours of Daytona results
Year Class No Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos. Ref
2014 P 02 United States Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Riley DP New Zealand Scott Dixon
Brazil Tony Kanaan
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
667 15 DNF 8 DNF [130]
2015 P 02 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States Jamie McMurray
740 1 1 [131]
2016 P 02 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States Jamie McMurray
708 13 7 [132]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Max Gresham
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Dylan Kwasniewski
Achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Harvick
NASCAR All-Star Race Winner
2019
Succeeded by
Chase Elliott
Preceded by
Alex Bowman
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Jesse Little
Preceded by
Austin Dillon
NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Chase Elliott
Preceded by
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Brett Moffitt