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Kyle Larson Double-Duty: IndyCar Debut and NASCAR Challenge Await

Kyle Larson Double-Duty: IndyCar’s marquee event is set to feature NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson for the first time next year. Larson has signed up for America’s premier open-wheel race, aligning with a Hendrick-backed, McLaren-run car.

Roger Penske, whose team secured its 19th victory in the iconic race with Josef Newgarden this year, enthusiastically welcomed the participation of Larson, the 2021 Cup champion. Larson will swiftly jet off to Charlotte after the 500 to compete in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 that same evening.

“We’re thrilled to have Larson join the speedway,” Penske expressed. “Rick [Hendrick] and I discussed Larson running here after a couple of years without much success… then McLaren got involved, and we’ve cheered on that decision. His talent and Midwest fanbase are remarkable.”

Penske acknowledged Larson’s talent, citing his swift rookie test at Indianapolis in October, previously attempted by driver Kurt Busch. “He brings immense skill and genuine interest in being here.”

Blaney, another Cup champion, hinted at his own interest in Indy racing: “It’s crossed my mind for a while now. Larson’s doing it next year, and that’s fantastic. I’ve floated the idea with RP for some years, so maybe I’ll bring it up again.”

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Blaney’s racing roots trace back to open-wheel quarter midget racing on ovals, following in the footsteps of his father, renowned in sprint car and World of Outlaws circuits.

“The double is a unique challenge mastered by few,” Blaney shared. “There’s a certain allure and nostalgia to it. It’s a significant feat to say you’ve raced 1100 miles in one day. At my stage, it feels like the perfect time to explore it.”

Acknowledging Larson’s upcoming venture, Blaney hinted at his own aspirations: “It’s terrific for Kyle, and perhaps one day, I’ll have the privilege too.”

Our Reader’s Queries

What drivers have done the double?

Back in 1994, John Andretti was the first driver to take on the challenge. Since then, only four others have attempted to complete both races in the same day – Robby Gordon (five times), Tony Stewart (twice), Kurt Busch, and of course, Stewart who remains the only driver to have successfully completed all 1,100 miles.

What happened to Larson at Homestead?

Larson trailed race leader Ryan Blaney into pit road, but unfortunately, he was unable to slow down in time and crashed into the barrier. Larson apologized to his crew, admitting that he did not anticipate Blaney’s sudden decrease in speed.

Who owns Kyle Larson Sprint car?

2021 NASCAR champion Larson and five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet are the founders and owners of High Limit Racing.

What kind of racing does Kyle Larson do?

Larson’s triumphs in NASCAR are well-known, but he also dominated the dirt track racing scene in 2021. He emerged victorious in prestigious events like the Chili Bowl, Kings Royal, Prairie Dirt Classic, and the Knoxville Nationals. His exceptional skills and determination were on full display as he conquered these challenging races. Larson’s impressive achievements in both NASCAR and dirt track racing have cemented his status as one of the most talented drivers in the world.

Khushal Bhatia
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Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with Slicksandsticks.com, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.
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