Cup series rookie Kyle Larson will become a father this year; and his professional life is going pretty well too
That is big news in his personal life, but Larson's professional life is also gong pretty well. After 14 races, Kyle has three top-5 finishes, 6 top-10s and is sitting 10th in points. It's a strong bet that he will make the Chase by points, even if he doesn't make his way in via a race win -- which is also very likely due to how well he is running.
Larson has energized the performance of Chip Ganassi's Cup efforts (his teammate Jamie McMurray recently won the All-Star race, so it's not just Larson doing well). He is young, and many folks doubted whether he was ready to make the jump to Cup racing. In a very short span, he has shown he can handle the big-time as well as any veteran in the field. That's a clear sign of maturity few his age possess.
Ganassi was the smart one here -- not the first time that's been said. This young man will be a big star and compete for titles; in fact he's already starting to do it.
Here is the full transcript of his conversation with the media this morning at Michigan International Speedway;
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed the speeds at Michigan, his expectations for Sonoma and many other topics. Full Transcript:
“I don’t know I like Michigan a lot. It’s a 2-mile track. I think I do well on the 1.5-mile to 2-mile race tracks. I wish I would have gotten to race here before they repaved it. We did well here in the Nationwide race last year and looking for some good things again this week. It’s probably a lot of a pit strategy race and track position race, but I feel like our Target team is good at getting me track position. I’m really excited about this weekend.”
“I have never ran a Cup car at either Atlanta or here so I don’t know how the sensation of speed feels. This track is so smooth or at least in a Nationwide car last year you don’t really feel like you are going 200 plus miles per hour, but it’s always different in the Cup cars. These cars are extremely fast. I bet it will be a fast race track. This track has got a lot of grip though too. That makes it feel like it slows down some.”
“I guess the key for every road course is to stay on track all day and you can get a top 10 finish. There is a lot of chaos that goes on at road course races. So just have to stay out of trouble and get a good finish. We have worked really hard to get to where we are at in points right now so just can’t throw it away by doing something stupid. Just stay out of trouble and hopefully get a good finish.”