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Kyle Larson Driver Bio

Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
First Career Cup Start: Oct. 12, 2013 (Charlotte)
Career Cup Wins: 5
Career Cup Poles: 4
Best Championship Finish: 8th – 2017

Kyle Larson took the racing world by storm in 2011 – his first season competing on the national racing scene. He captured 22 major professional feature wins, including victories in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, all three United States Auto Club National Divisions and the American Sprint Car Series.

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Larson gained international notoriety by sweeping the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway – winning in Midgets, Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars in the same night. He was subsequently nominated for the 2011 SPEED TV Performer of the Year Award against some formidable competition – NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, Formula One champ Sebastian Vettel; MotoGP star Casey Stoner; Supercross/Motocross star Ryan Villopoto and his new Ganassi teammates IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series champion Scott Pruett.

As an Earnhardt Ganassi Racing development driver, Larson competed in the 2012 K&N Pro Series East – one of NASCAR’s top developmental tours. He won the championship and was named Rookie of the Year.

In 2013, Larson was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series after finishing eighth in overall points. He had 17 top 10s in his 33 starts, including a best finish of second place four times.

Larson drove in two Camping World Truck Series events, winning at Rockingham Speedway and running second to Austin Dillon at Eldora Speedway. He also made four Cup Series starts late in the season to help prepare for the 2014 campaign, in which he replaced Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing entry.

After finishing among the top 20 in points in his first two full seasons of Cup competition, Larson qualified for the 2016 playoffs on the strength of his first career Cup Series win, at Michigan International Speedway in August. He entered the post-season as the No. 10 seed and closed the year in ninth place in the final standings. Larson was eliminated from title contention following a 25th-place finish at Dover.

Larson’s smooth ride through the first seven months of the 2017 season was disrupted by turbulence over the last seven weeks, dashing his hopes for a championship.

Larson’s No. 42 team glided through the regular season, soaring to a No. 2 seed on the playoff grid thanks to four regular-season victories – a total matched only by eventual champion Martin Truex Jr.

But after surviving the first round of the playoffs, engine failure in the final race of Round 2 at Kansas Speedway saddled Larson with a 39th-place finish and eliminated him from title contention.