Kyle Larson Biography
Kyle Larson is an American professional stock car racing driver and World of Outlaws sprint car team owner. Currently suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for using a racial slur during a mic check, he last competed full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Chip Ganassi Racing. Kyle Larson is the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and a Rookie of the Year. He is the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year as well as the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, an overall winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona and 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals Champion.
A resident of Elk Grove, California, Larson attended his first race with his parents a week after his birth. Kyle Larson began racing at the age of seven in outlaw karts in Northern California. As a teenager, he raced open-wheel cars, including United States Auto Club (USAC) midget, Silver Crown and sprint cars, competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports and Hoffman Racing with Toyota backing. Kyle Larson also raced in World of Outlaws sprint cars. His first sprint car race win came at Placerville Speedway, where he was one of the youngest drivers to ever compete.
He won the 2011 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, winning in all three types of USAC cars in a single night, only the second driver in history to accomplish the feat. Kyle Larson holds the sprint car track record at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California, set in 2010. In 2012, he won six USAC National Midget races including the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Even during his stock car career, Larson continued racing open-wheel cars for midweek races in addition to going to New Zealand in some off-seasons to race.
In late June 2012, Larson made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 4 truck for Turner Motorsports. He finished 10th in the event. In April 2013, Larson won his first Truck Series win at Rockingham Speedway in a close finish with Joey Logano.
During the celebration, Larson performed donuts without his steering wheel on, a practice he had acquired when racing go karts. The celebration prompted NASCAR to request him to keep it attached, regarding safety concerns because Larson would not have much control of the truck without the steering wheel. He finished 2nd in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
In 2016, Larson drove the No. 24 truck on a part-time basis for GMS Racing. At Martinsville, Larson finished 4th after starting 5th. He won at Eldora Speedway after holding off Christopher Bell. In 2020, Kyle Larson had been announced to be re-joining GMS Racing to drive the No. 24 truck for the Homestead race. The collaboration stemmed from Kevin Harvick offering a bounty to full-time Cup drivers to beat Kyle Busch.
In 2013, Larson moved full-time to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for Turner Scott Motorsports. On the last lap of the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, he was involved in a violent crash in which his car went airborne and pierced the catchfence, completely ripping the front end of his car off. He was unharmed, but the debris hurt a number of spectators in the stands. In the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Larson was sent off the track and into the tire barriers on lap one.
However, after falling three laps down due to repairs, Larson recovered to finish on the lead lap in 14th. After a 2nd-place finish at Homestead, Larson won the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Asian-American and first Drive for Diversity participant to win a Rookie of the Year Award in one of NASCAR’s national touring series.
On August 27, 2013, The Charlotte Observer reported that Larson will drive the No. 42 car in the Sprint Cup Series for CGR for the 2014 season and would compete for the Rookie of the Year honors. The deal was officially announced on August 30, 2013. On October 1, it was announced that Larson would make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing to prepare for his rookie season.
At Charlotte, Larson qualified 21st and finished 37th after an engine failure on lap 247. Larson made his second Cup start at Martinsville Speedway where started 26th and finished 42nd after another engine failure. At Texas, Larson started 36th and finished 23rd. He finished 15th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Larson’s mother is Japanese American and her parents spent time in a Japanese internment camp. Larson’s wife is Katelyn Sweet, the sister of World Of Outlaw sprint driver and NASCAR driver Brad Sweet. Larson announced on June 13, 2014 that he and his girlfriend were expecting a child. On July 16, 2014, Larson announced that the baby was a boy. Owen Miyata Larson was born on December 22, 2014.
On November 8, 2017, Larson announced on social media that he and Katelyn were expecting a second child, due in May 2018. Audrey Layne Larson was born on May 7, 2018. On December 22, 2017, Kyle Larson and Sweet became engaged and they got married on September 26, 2018. Kyle Larson owns a World of Outlaws sprint car team that fields a car for Carson Macedo. He drives for his own team (midgets) and Paul Silva (winged sprint car) on a limited schedule.
Kyle Larson has an estimated net worth of$12 million. From 2018-2019, he made $9 million alone. $8 million of that was from salary and winnings, while the remaining $1 million was from endorsements and licensing. In June 2014, at only 21, Kyle Larson bought his first house: a massive place in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Of course, since Larson was still at fresh-faced young gun when he bought it, some of NASCAR’s older guard, like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin, couldn’t help but clown him just a little bit. We’re sure there have been at least one or two ragers in the Larson household.
- Full Name: Kyle Miyata Larson
- Date of Birth: July 31, 1992
- Age: 27
- Birth Place: Elk Grove, California
- Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
- Weight: 135 lb (61 kg)
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Katelyn Sweet (m. 2018)
- 2019 position: 6th
- Parents: Janet Larson, Mike Larson
- Current teams: Chevrolet Motorsport, Chevrolet Camping World Truck Series racing manufacturer team
- Net Worth: $12 million
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