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Sport Kyle Larson’s unconventional journey to Hendrick Motorsports

04:35  30 october  2020
04:35  30 october  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

Kyle Larson: 'I know deep down I'm not a racist'

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Kyle Larson will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2021. Larson , who is Japanese American, has spent the months since completing NASCAR’ s sensitivity training program and meeting with Black leaders in what he said was an effort

Kyle Larson will join Hendrick Motorsports in the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The move, which comes after months of rumors regarding the status of the fourth Hendrick Motorsports car, is the latest in an unconventional journey for Larson.

Kyle Larson riding on the back of a motorcycle: NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson © Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson

Larson only raced four races this season due to his suspension from NASCAR. However, he posted one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes in those four contests. Since May, he has run in dirt races with 42 wins in 82 starts this season. Many thought Larson would end up with Hendrick Motorsports at the start of 2020, but it didn’t come without some drama.

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Kyle Larson has signed a multiyear contract with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE RELATED: More on Larson ’ s reinstatement. Larson was reinstated by NASCAR officials on Oct. 19 following his completion of sensitivity training at the sanctioning body‘s direction

Kyle Larson has signed a multiyear contract with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE beginning with the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The 28-year-old driver will be paired with crew chief Cliff Daniels, who will shift from the No. 48 Chevrolet currently driven by

How did we come to this point where Larson is joining Hendrick Motorsports in the middle of a three-day rain delay? It is more unconventional than everybody thought it would become.

Kyle Larson’s iRacing incident in April 2020

Larson found himself without a ride following a suspension from NASCAR for using a racial slur during an iRacing event in April. Within the industry, many viewed Larson as the top free agent in one of the most memorable free-agency classes in recent memory. However, he faced the possibility of being out of NASCAR following the iRacing slur.

The 28-year-old completed sensitivity training for both NASCAR and the World of Outlaws. He returned to racing in May, which started one of the most successful dirt runs in modern history. Larson boasted a 51% win percentage in the dirt races he ran in 2020. Even while being suspended by NASCAR, he was still viewed as the top free agent in the class.

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Hendrick Motorsports solidified its 2021 lineup on Wednesday to announce that Kyle Larson will officially join the team on a multi-year contract. When NASCAR announced Larson ' s reinstatement, several fans made guesses about where he would land.

Kyle Larson , exiled from NASCAR six months after uttering a racial slur, will return to the Cup Series and drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021. NASCAR required Larson to attend sensitivity training. Larson completed the training by May 6. Larson detailed his personal journey of reflection in an Oct.

No one will be able to truly forget why Larson was absent from NASCAR for the 2020 season. However, he did more than the baseline of what he needed to do. It appears he made a true effort to learn from his mistakes and tried to improve himself as a person. It will stick with him throughout his career, as it should, but he will use himself as an example to teach other young people and drivers.

Larson worked to improve himself on social injustice

Larson did a lot when it came to educating himself about social injustice. Since the incident, he has continued to work with the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia. The driver has talked honestly about the situation and has worked to improve himself. Larson also went to Minnesota to volunteer with the Sanneh Foundation weeks before George Floyd’s funeral.

Larson penned an essay in early October telling his story of what he has gone through since his suspension. A couple of weeks later, Larson appeared on "CBS This Morning" and was interviewed by CBS’ James Brown. Some people may have wanted to stay out of the public light, but Larson wanted to talk about it his experiences and the lessons learned.

Kyle Larson signs with Hendrick Motorsports to drive No. 5 in 2021

  Kyle Larson signs with Hendrick Motorsports to drive No. 5 in 2021 Kyle Larson has signed a multiyear contract with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE beginning with the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The 28-year-old driver will be paired with crew chief Cliff Daniels, who will shift from the No. 48 Chevrolet currently driven by seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson […]“Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how drivers represent the team and its partners,” Larson said in a team release. “My goal is to win races, be a great teammate, continue my personal efforts to grow and hold myself to that high standard personally and professionally.

CONCORD, N.C. -- Hendrick Motorsports this morning signed driver Kyle Larson to a multi-year contract that will see him join the 12-time NASCAR Cup “ Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how its drivers represent the team and its

Kyle Larson will return to Nascar with Hendrick next season, but his car is missing a sponsor, at least for now. Larson applied to Nascar for reinstatement, and that was granted that last week. Hendrick made the announcement Wednesday that Larson had signed a multi-year deal and will race the No. 5

Larson deleted his social media accounts after the incident occurred. He kept the majority of his volunteering and improvement to himself and those closest to him.

Hendrick Motorsports signs Larson for the 2021 season

One of the most unsurprising moves came to fruition Wednesday when Hendrick Motorsports announced Larson would join the team in 2021. He had been rumored as the leading candidate to take the vacant ride.

Many people speculated that Larson would not go to Hendrick Motorsports due to Chevrolet terminating its relationship with him in April. However, Chevrolet’s VP of Motorsports Jim Campbell had a different thought when it came to Hendrick Motorsports signing Larson.

“Chevrolet supports NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports’ commitment to prioritize the values of diversity and inclusion across the sport and for all fans,” Campbell stated. “We have a long and respected relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and have openly shared our position as a sponsor that we will continue to hold our racing partner and affiliate drivers accountable to behave in ways that adhere to these values, on and off the track. Kyle has taken positive steps focused on listening and learning and has expressed his commitment to be an agent of change for the positive when it comes to inclusivity and diversity in NASCAR.”

Hendrick Motorsports signs Kyle Larson to drive No. 5 car in 2021

  Hendrick Motorsports signs Kyle Larson to drive No. 5 car in 2021 Rick Hendrick on Kyle Larson: 'I’m confident about what’s in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career.'Larson signed a multi-year deal Wednesday morning, the team announced.

Larson was terminated from Chip Ganassi Racing and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR in April following the use of a racial slur in an online iRacing event.

(Reuters) - Kyle Larson on Wednesday signed a multi-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports after he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing and suspended for more than six months by NASCAR for using a racial slur in April. A six-time winner on the NASCAR Cup Series, Larson had been one of its hottest

Cliff Daniels will be Larson’s crew chief atop the box after it was announced Rudy Fugle will join Hendrick Motorsports to be the crew chief for William Byron in 2021. Larson also signed a multi-year deal with the organization and currently has an unsponsored car for next season. With around three months left until the Daytona 500, there will be plenty of time to find sponsors, if there is anything out there.

The bottom line

With Larson now in the fold, the future of Hendrick Motorsports is brighter than it has been in a long time. This move allows Hendrick to gain a championship-caliber combo in Larson and Daniels for years to come. The 28-year-old California native spent the first seven years of his NASCAR Cup Series career with Chip Ganassi Racing with six wins and no championships.

Rick Hendrick has created a future super-team with the likes of Larson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and William Byron. Elliott and Bowman are still fighting for a championship this year, while Byron goes forward as a driver with a high ceiling. The talent and budding potential are there, and Hendrick realizes that the future of his team is bright.

“I’m excited about our roster of young talent,” Hendrick said. “We have a team that is built to win races and compete for championships for years to come."

Rick Hendrick hopes sponsors see Kyle Larson as he does

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