Kyle Larson, a very promising 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, will compete full time this season in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, the organization’s second-level group.
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Team owner Chip Ganassi is mentoring Larson and helped him sign a deal where he would drive the No. 32 Chevrolet car of Turner Scott Motorsports.
The past couple years Larson, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, has been driving midget cars, sprints and open-wheel cars with success. In 2012, he drove stock cars for the first time and won the championship in the K&N Pro Series East.
Larson, a Japanese-American, is also the first titlist in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.
He told the Los Angeles Times, “moving up to the Nationwide series is truly one of the happiest days of my life.” His goal is to “win at least a race or two.” The season opens Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway.