Kyle Larson


Biography


Kyle Larson, a native of Elk Grove, Calif., has raced in a myriad of cars since beginning his career in 1999 at the age of seven. He has raced in vehicles ranging from Outlaw Karts, winged and non-winged sprint cars, sports cars, trucks, and stock cars. Despite his relative young age, Larson has built an extensive and impressive racing resume, with more than 200 race victories over the series in which he has raced, including a win in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona (2015) and five wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Larson broke into the national spotlight in 2011 during his first year of racing on the national open-wheel circuit, where he amassed 22 feature wins in the World of Outlaws, American Sprint Car Series and all three USAC National Divisions.

In 2012, the two-time SPEED Performer of the Year nominee made his first stock car start in the Pete Orr Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (Fla.), winning in his first race behind the wheel of a car with fenders. That same year, he also ran his first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East capturing two wins, one pole, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes en route to the series championship and Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2013 Larson made his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), completing his rookie season with 17 top-10 and nine top-five finishes. He ended the season eighth in the point standings while also capturing NXS Rookie of the Year honors.  

In 2014, Larson took the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. In Larson’s rookie season, he amassed 17 top-10 and eight top-five finishes, including three runner-up finishes and one pole award. Larson was the highest finishing rookie driver in 26 of 36 races and handily won Rookie of the Year honors. Larson is one of 10 drivers to win both the NXS and MENCS rookie honors, and his 17 top-10 finishes were more than the previous seven Rookies of the Year combined.

After a tough sophomore season, Larson’s success has continued following his bright rookie campaign. The 2016 NASCAR season proved a breakout year for Larson, winning his first career MENCS race, at Michigan International Speedway, in August and qualifying for his first berth in the NASCAR playoffs. During a stellar season, Larson finished runner-up three times, had 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, which propelled him to a ninth-place finish in the final point standings. Larson’s 2016 also included two wins in the NXS and one win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

There was no slowing down in 2017 for Larson, putting up career-high numbers for wins (4) and top-five (15) and top-10 (20) finishes, and collecting three pole awards. Larson finished the year with eight runner-up finishes and led a career-high 1,352 laps, while advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Larson also picked up three wins in the Xfinity Series, and won a handful of dirt races throughout the season. 

Larson’s fifth full-time season in 2018 brought more memorable moments for the young driver. Larson matched his pole awards from 2017, with three, and led 782 laps while earning six runner-up, 12 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Larson again advanced to the second round of the Cup playoffs, finishing the season ninth in the point standings. In addition, Larson won four of his six starts in the Xfinity Series, helping that team to a runner-up finish in the final owner point standings.

Larson, who is half Japanese, is the only Asian-American to race full-time in NASCAR and is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) graduate to earn a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride and the first to win a Cup race. While his roots are firmly planted in California, he can trace his family tree back to Japan. Larson’s grandparents on his mother’s side were second-generation Japanese-Americans, making them part of the Nesei generation.  His great-grandparents were members of the Issei generation, as they were the first generation to immigrate to America.  During WWII, both of Kyle’s grandparents were interred at a camp in Tule Lake, Calif.

He and his wife, Katelyn, live in Mooresville, N.C. with their son, Owen (four), and daughter, Audrey (eight months).


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About Kyle Larson


Team: Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42
Birthday: July 31, 1992
Birthplace: Elk Grove, CA
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Height: 5' 6''
Weight: 135 lbs
Primary Sponsor: Credit One Bank
Car: No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Crew Chief: Chad Johnston
Website: KyleLarsonRacing.com