Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke about the expectations for Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace as both drivers will begin the 2021 season with a new ride.
Larson will be making a return to Cup Racing after he was suspended by NASCAR and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing back in April. He will drive the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the 2021 season.
Speaking about the expectations for the new HMS driver, Earnhardt Jr. said:
“Well you know you never say never but I think that it’ll just be good, I think Kyle just needs to go out there and get reacclimated with the sport. If you take a break, whether it’s a couple weeks, if a driver gets an injury or whatever it may be. You really get behind quickly in this sport and I think this season while there may be some successes and some good runs for Kyle, I think it just will be important for him to sort of reacclimate himself with being a part of the sport and getting back into that routine of racing every single week and just find some stability and consistency and try to kind of create a new foundation to build on to maybe one day become a champion.
“He’s a very talented driver and has a lot of opportunities to win and succeed. A championship is certainly attainable for him but I wouldn’t try to, if I were him, to pay attention to the odds or any of that to try to summarize what the expectations might be for him when it comes to performance. I just think he needs to get out there and try to build this team and try to get some consistency and performance in the car each week.”
Wallace has been the talk of the 2020 season for his off-field works. With his move to a new team, 23XI Racing brought about with Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin partnership, he will be in more limelight to succeed in this season.
Speaking about Wallace, Earnhardt Jr. said:
“He is very excited and very pumped up about this new opportunity but I think that it’s a process to get this team to where they want to be and just try not to get too ahead of yourself.”