NASCAR + MIDGET + SPRINT CAR + LATE MODEL
Known as a "wheel man" for his innate ability to control a race car after rising up through the dirt track racing ranks to stardom in NASCAR, Kyle Larson has firmly established himself as one of motorsport's most respected drivers on pavement and dirt.
After taking the dirt track racing world by storm, Larson blasted onto the NASCAR scene in 2012. The Northern California native of Japanese descent quickly worked his way to a full-time ride in the premier NASCAR Cup Series, earning accolades for his racing ability and becoming a regular playoffs contender. Upon joining Hendrick Motorsports for the 2021 season in the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Larson's career trajectory rocketed. He won a series-high, 10 NASCAR Cup Series races, plus the NASCAR All-Star Race, on his way to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Perhaps more impressively, his 2,581 laps led in 2021 were the most by a driver since Jeff Gordon led 2,610 in 1995.
In addition to his stellar success in NASCAR, Larson won some of the most marque dirt track racing events in 2021, including the Chili Bowl, Kings Royal, Prairie Dirt Classic and the Knoxville Nationals. Considering the unique skill level it takes to race these different race cars, this feat will likely never be accomplished again and go down as one of the greatest seasons in American racing history.
In 2022, Larson returned the No. 5 car to victory lane three times in the NASCAR Cup Series and nearly won back-to-back car owner's championship, finishing third overall. Off the track, he signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports and launched a new dirt track racing series called the High Limit Racing Sprint Car Series, which kicks off its first full 12-race season in 2023.