The hottest seat in the NASCAR Cup Series garage for 2021 has been filled. Kyle Larson has signed with Hendrick Motorsports for their 2021 Cup Series season, joining the Chevrolet team after months on the sidelines.
Larson will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for the team, while Cliff Daniels will serve as the crew chief. Daniels is currently the crew chief for 7-time Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, who is set to retire at the end of the season.
In response to this signing, Larson stated, “Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how drivers represent the team and its partners. 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. Making the absolute most of this platform and the opportunity in front of me is my focus. I know what’s expected of me and what I expect of myself, on and off the track. Mr. Hendrick is one of the people who extended a hand to me over the past six months. Our initial conversations were not about racing. He cares about me as a person and wants to see me succeed beyond driving. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for the commitment, the faith and the confidence from him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports.”
Larson has spent the last six months on the sidelines, after being on the sidelines after NASCAR indefinitely suspended him for using a racial slur on an open iRacing session. The former CGR driver was reinstated earlier this month.
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