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 Sprint 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 one win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (2016).

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. 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 SS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. In Larson’s rookie season in the MENCS, 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 only eight drivers to win both the NXS and NSCS rookie honors, and his 17 top-10 finishes were more than the previous seven Rookies of the Year combined.

The 2016 NASCAR season was a breakout year for Larson, winning his first MENCS at Michigan International Speedway in August and qualifying for his first berth in NASCAR’s playoffs, The Chase. During a stellar season in the MENCS, Larson finished runner-up three times, had 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, which propelled him to a career best 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.

Larson is entering his fourth full-time season driving in the MENCS for Chip Ganassi Racing with Target and Credit One Bank serving as primary partners.

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 MENCS ride and the first to win a Cup race.

NASCAR Partnership


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: Target
Car: No. 42 Chevrolet SS
Crew Chief: Chad Johnston
Website: KyleLarsonRacing.com

Career Highlights


2016 Won first NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Career best finish in the standings - Ninth.

2015 Won first Rolex 24 At Daytona.

2014 First full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Earned 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on eight Top 5 finishes, 17 Top 10.

2013 First full season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with 17 top-ten finishes, nine top-five finishes, 8th in the driver championship standings and Rookie of the Year honors. First win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Rockingham. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

2012 Winner of the Pete Orr Memorial 100 (Larson's first stock car race). First full season in the NASCAR K&N East Series claiming two wins, one pole, seven top-five finishes, 12 top-ten finishes, Rookie of the Year honors and the series championship 

2011 22 race wins in the World of Outlaws, American Sprint Car Series and all USAC National Divisions combined. Winner of the Belleville Midget Nationals. Swept the 4-Crown Nationals: Silver Crown, Spint Car and Midget wins at Eldora.

1999 Began racing at the age of seven



XFINITY Partnership


ENEOS' Partnership:

In their fourth year in association with Kyle Larson and No. 42 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Chip Ganassi Racing, ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products use advanced additive and base oil technology, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufactures. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles.

About ENEOS:

ENEOS is the corporate brand name of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry. ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity. For more information please visit www.eneos.us.


Credit One Bank's Partnership


Credit One Bank's Partnership:

Credit One Bank, provider of the Official Credit Card of NASCAR, enters its second season as a partner of Chip Ganassi Racing and primary sponsor of the No. 42 Chevrolet, piloted by “2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” contender Kyle Larson. The Credit One Bank partnership will consist of multiple primary races in 2017 along with a major associate presence throughout the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign on the No. 42 car.

About Credit One Bank:

Credit One Bank, N.A. is a U.S. based national bank that specializes in credit cards. Established more than 30 years ago, Credit One Bank is one of the largest and fastest-growing issuers of credit cards in the industry and provides a broad spectrum of credit card products. Credit One Bank offers millions of card members cash back rewards, credit education tools, and free online access to their credit score. For more information, visit CreditOneBank.com.