Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) announces today that Kyle Larson, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) Champion will look to run a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) schedule in 2013
“We are pleased we were able to get Kyle in a quality, full-time ride for the 2013 Nationwide season. Turner Scott Motorsports runs a quality Truck and Nationwide program and Kyle is one of the true young talents in racing,” said Chip Ganassi, Owner, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Ganassi also said that, “We think it will be a good fit for both of them. We believe Kyle has a bright future ahead of him in NASCAR.”
Larson, the 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif. will attempt to make his series debut behind the wheel of the No. 32 Clorox Chevy Camaro fielded by Turner Scott Motorsports during Daytona Speedweeks in the DRIVE4COPD 300 NNS race on Feb. 23.
“This is truly one of the happiest days of my life. I have been thinking about something like this since my very first days of racing,” said Larson. Larson finished with, “I am very proud to be part of Chip Ganassi’s organization and to be running with Turner Scott Motorsports. Daytona cannot come fast enough for me.”
The EGR development driver turned heads in NASCAR competition in 2012 when he won the NKNPSE Championship in his first year of driving stock cars. Larson, who is of Japanese-American descent, also claimed the first series championship for one of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program drivers.
Larson will have a big week in his Daytona International Speedway debut. Before attempting to run in the Nationwide race Larson will first compete in the Daytona ARCA race and will also participate in the Battle at the Beach held on a temporary 0.4-mile short track on Daytona’s Backstretch, that will feature three non-points special events from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.