Kyle Larson, who was banned from NASCAR for six months after using a racial slur, will return to the NASCAR Cup Series and drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021.
The 28-y-o signed a long term deal Wednesday morning, the team announced.
Larson will drive the No. 5 car — which is set to return to Cup Series for the first time since the 2017 season. Cliff Daniels will be Kyle Larson’s crew chief. Hendrick Motorsports stated in its release that the ride is currently unsponsored.
“Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world,” Hendrick said. “He has championship-level ability and will be a significant addition to our on-track program. More importantly, I have full confidence that he understands our expectations and will be a tremendous ambassador for our team, our partners and NASCAR.
“Kyle and I have had many, many conversations leading up to today’s announcement. I’m confident about what’s in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career. Kyle has done important work over the past six months, and Hendrick Motorsports is going to support those continued efforts.”
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 28, 2020
NASCAR announced just last week Oct. 19 that Larson would be cleared to return to the sport on Jan. 1, 2021.