Kyle Larson, the 2021 Nascar Cup Collection champion, will stay at Hendrick Motorsports by way of no less than 2026, the workforce introduced on Friday.
Larson, who’s battling for his second straight championship, shall be sponsored by HendrickCars.com in 35 races in every season, making it one of many solely partnerships to increase over 30 races a 12 months. The contract extension for each the motive force and sponsor comes as HendrickCars.com reported “a year-over-year improve in natural site visitors for HendrickCars.com and double-digit will increase in conversions, automobile leads, on-line buyer interactions, commerce evaluations, and employment purposes.”
The 30-year-old racer joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2021 after spending his first eight Cup Collection seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson was suspended by Nascar and subsequently fired in April of 2020 from CGR after uttering a racial slur throughout a dwell stream of a digital race in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Larson went by way of Nascar’s reinstatement program. Not solely did he full variety coaching, however he went above and past to repent for what he referred to as “the error.”
He deactivated his social media accounts and targeted on repenting for his mistake, assembly with Black leaders like Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, ex-soccer participant Tony Sanneh and extra.
“I’m very grateful for this second probability and wished to make the most of it as finest as I might,” Larson stated in November after his championship win. “I misplaced loads of hope about making it again, and I didn’t know what the assembly was going to be about. I had ideas of what it might be about, and it was finally what I assumed it was going to be.”
Larson began his charity by saying a Drive for five program, which raised greater than $500,000 final 12 months to help college students with scholarships on the racing college. Moreover, he got down to present meals for 5 households every day with The Sanneh Basis and to help 5 needy communities with Hendrick Cares college grants.
Now, the California native is concentrated on his future with Hendrick Motorsports, serving as a job mannequin for many who get second probabilities.
“I can’t clarify how a lot this chance means,” Larson stated in a press release on Friday. “The possibility to compete for the highest workforce and finest sponsors in racing is one thing each driver goals about. I’m humbled to have unimaginable folks in my nook and wonderful help from so many followers.
“Because of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group for believing in me, Cliff [Daniels, crew chief] and our workforce. Regardless that we’ve achieved some nice issues up to now, I really consider our greatest is forward of us.”
Crew proprietor Rick Hendrick echoed Larson’s feedback, saying, “expectations had been sky excessive” from the beginning of this relationship.
“To say he’s exceeded them can be an understatement,” Hendrick stated. “Not solely has Kyle confirmed himself as a champion driver, he’s carried out at a championship stage exterior of the race automotive. We’re proud to proceed our relationship and to see him characterize our workforce and our manufacturers in such constructive methods. The years to return are very shiny.”
Larson has two wins within the Nascar Cup Collection this 12 months, together with an Xfinity Collection triumph at Watkins Glen.
With seven races remaining within the 2022 season, Larson is set to win his second straight championship. If he can win all of it, he would be the first Cup Collection driver since Jimmie Johnson to win back-to-back championships.