Kyle Larson is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prodigy who drives the #42 car for Chip Ganassi Racing. He was signed to drive for Ginn Racing in the USAR Hooters Pro-Cup Series at age 15, he became the youngest driver to race in any of NASCAR’s three national series when he debuted in the Camping World Truck Series in 2009 (at age 16 years and 10 days), and he became the youngest winner of a NASCAR national touring series event when he won at Rockingham Speedway later that year. He broke the record that was previously held by Jeff Gordon (at 17 years and 9 months) in that race.
When did Kyle Larson start racing?
Kyle started racing at age 5. His dad bought him his first go-kart and he began racing quarter midgets shortly after that. He won 83 features in 10 years, including four-track championships and three World Karting Association national championships – all while he was still too young to get a driver’s license!
When Kyle moved up to stock cars he won a series of races in the World Racing Association and other asphalt Late Model series. In 2009, he became the youngest driver to race in any of NASCAR’s three national series when he debuted at Rockingham Speedway. Kyle Larson is definitely a young talent to watch out for as his racing career takes off!
What are some records that Kyle Larson holds?
Kyle is the youngest driver to win a midget car race, dirt late model race, and NASCAR touring series race. He was also the fourth-youngest driver to compete in one of those series. Kyle is still too young to get a driver’s license!
While racing for Keith Kunz Motorsports at age 15, Larson won the Four Crown Nationals midget car race at Eldora Speedway. It made him the youngest driver to win in one of NASCAR’s top three touring series, taking the record away from Jeff Gordon… at 17!
He also became the youngest driver ever to make a NASCAR start in any of its three top divisions when he started the Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham on April 3, 2009. Kyle is NASCAR’s youngest champion in any of its three national series.
How many championships has Kyle won?
Kyle Larson is a four-time USAC midget car national champion winning the title in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He became one of only five drivers to win a championship in three consecutive years during the same decade joining a select group that includes Steve Knepper, Tracy Hines, Greg Ray, and Jerry Coons Jr.
In addition to his four USAC National Midget championships, Larson has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments in midget cars including:
* Four-time USAC Midget National Champion (2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013)
* Three-time USAC Midget Western States champion (2009, 2010, and 2012)
* Two-time Belleville Midget National Open winner (2011 and 2012)
* Five-time Four Crown Nationals midget car winner at Eldora Speedway (2009 – 2012; Co-Winner with Rico Abreu in 2013)
* 2012 USAC Midget Driver of the Year
What racing organizations have Kyle Larson been a part of?
Kyle Larson has driven for Keith Kunz Motorsports, Turner Scott Motorsports, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, and has driven for Chip Ganassi Racing during his career. This year Kyle will return to Chip Ganassi Racing driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
What is Kyle’s current racing schedule?
Kyle Larson will return to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2016 and drive the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is also scheduled to compete for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in select races during the XFINITY Series season.