Kyle Larson has signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports to stay with the team in the NASCAR Cup Series through 2023, according to The Associated Press. The team confirmed the news in a press release.
Larson will have sponsorship from HendrickCars.com in the majority of races (35).
The website has been aboard the No. 5 Chevrolet for 14 events so far this year.
Valvoline will sponsor Larson in 2022 for three races.
HendrickCars.com will also sponsor Larson in his non-NASCAR events. It can be seen on his sprint car this week.
Rick Hendrick told the AP that Hendrick Automotive wanted to be on the car. “My dealerships, the general managers and the employees, they didn’t want anyone else on the car,” he told The AP.
“The chance to extend my contract with Hendrick Motorsports and have such an awesome sponsor in HendrickCars.com are things I don’t take for granted,” Larson said in a release. “I feel like I’m driving for the best team and the best sponsors in the sport. To know that our on-track performance is having positive business influence off the track is very important because I want to return the incredible support they’ve given me. Everyone at Hendrick Automotive Group has made me feel like part of their team, and it’s exciting to be able to represent a company that loves racing like I do. I feel like we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible.”
Larson has won four Cup events this year and sits second in the point standings. He joined Hendrick this year after being reinstated by NASCAR following his suspension from competition in April 2020. He said a racial slur during an iRacing event and was let go by Chip Ganassi Racing, where he began his Cup career in 2014.
Overall Larson has 10 victories, 67 top fives and 115 top 10 finishes in Cup.
I’d like to thank @HendrickAuto through their https://t.co/V0Ioi5wIP5 brand for partnering with me and building a successful program around the No. 5 team. It’s really cool to see how our on-track success has helped their business. Let’s keep it rolling! pic.twitter.com/QhPEeoSpM7
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) July 14, 2021
Live from Eldora, the https://t.co/OdrQ85uamk fun begins!
We have a lot to learn about dirt racing, but there’s no better guy to teach us the way. pic.twitter.com/RESX2HC1zD
— Hendrick Automotive Group (@HendrickAuto) July 14, 2021