NASCAR: Larson extends 3-year contract with Hendrick
NASCAR champion Kyle Larson has signed a three-year contract extension through 2026 with Hendrick Motorsports, the team that welcomed him last season after a nearly year-long suspension.
The extension announced Friday includes HendrickCars.com, which will sponsor the No. 5 Chevrolet for 35 races per season. Larson’s extension and sponsorship renewal are simultaneous. The original deal for HendrickCars.com to become Larson’s title sponsor was announced last July, when Rick Hendrick’s car-buying and selling website saw a spike in activity every time it was featured in Larson’s car.
Larson, 30, was suspended for most of 2020 for throwing a racial slur and lost his job with Chip Ganassi Racing. Hendrick got it when his veto was lifted and Larson won 10 races last season and his first Cup title.
“When Kyle joined our team, expectations were very high both inside and outside the organization. To say that he has surpassed them would be an understatement,” stated Rick Hendrick. “Kyle has not only proven to be a champion driver, but he has performed at a championship level outside of the race car. We are proud to continue our relationship and see him represent our team and our brands in such a positive way. The years to come are very bright.”
HendrickCars.com will also continue to support Larson in his career outside of NASCAR.