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STRONG WEEKEND FOR LARSON ENDS WITH HARD-EARNED FINISH IN FIRST TRIP TO SONOMA

Posted: June 23, 2014

Results (with starting position) for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

1.             (4) Carl Edwards No. 99 Ford  

4.             (1) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS

28.          (3) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

Strong Weekend for Larson Ends with Hard-Earned Finish in First Trip to Sonoma

Larson Leads Wire-to-Wire to Win NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race 

SONOMA, Calif. (June 23, 2014) – In Kyle Larson’s first visit to Sonoma Raceway the weekend started off on a high note for the Northern California native but ended with a disappointing finish after brake and power steering issues kept Larson from competing for a top spot during the last half of Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350.  The team started the weekend off with a very good Target Chevrolet SS, posting fast times during practice and transferring to the final round of knockout qualifying to earn a third place start for Sunday’s race.  After starting the race in third, Larson maintained a position in the top-10 for much of the first half of the race before brake and power steering issues caused him to fall back through the field, finishing on the lead lap in 28th place.

During Friday’s practice sessions, the crew worked hard to set up a car that had good speed around Sonoma’s challenging road course.  As the final practice concluded, Larson, driving on his first road course in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), had posted the fifth-best lap time of the session.  Fast lap times for the Target Chevy continued during Saturday’s qualifying session as Larson was able to transfer from the knockout stage to the final round, where he qualified in third position.

Larson started the race strong and consistently ran in the top-10 for much of the first half of the 110-lap race, however he began to fall back as he experienced issues with the brakes and power steering.  Fortunately, several cautions towards the end of the race allowed the Target crew some time to address the issues, but they were ultimately unable to fully fix the problems during the race.  Larson worked hard during the final 40 laps of the race to drive a car with limited power steering around Sonoma’s winding course and managed to finish on the lead lap in 28th place.

Larson also raced this weekend in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) at Sonoma to help him gain experience on the track.  Driving the No. 42 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Chevrolet Impala for Turner Scott Motorsports, Larson started the Carneros 200 from the pole and never gave up the top spot en route to winning the race in dominant fashion.  Larson was one of four NSCS drivers competing in the race.  It was the first win in the NKNPSW for Larson, who won two races in the K&N Pro Series East, and the series championship, in 2012.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • Sunday’s start was Larson’s 20th career start in the NSCS
  • Larson’s third place starting position was the highest earned qualifying spot of his NSCS career
  • The yellow flag came out six times, for a total of 19 laps under caution
  • Prior to the race weekend, Larson was honored by his hometown with the Key to the City of Elk Grove where over 200 family, friends and race fans came out to celebrate the occasion

TCGRFS QUOTEBOARD

Kyle Larson – No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS: “We started the race today with a really good Target Chevy, and ran in the top-10 during most of the first half of the race.  Unfortunately we had an issue with the power steering and the brakes that made the car really hard to handle, especially on this track.  The crew did what they could to address the problem, but could only help out a little from the pit.  Definitely a frustrating day, but we were able to finish on the lead lap, which is some consolation.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400, on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Coverage will begin on TNT at 7:30 p.m. ET, Sirius/XM Channel 90 and PRN affiliated radio stations will also have live coverage.

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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