Kyle Miyata Larson (born July 31, 1992 in Elk Grove, California) is a Japanese American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet SS for Chip Ganassi Racing. He also competes part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No.
42 Chevrolet Camaro for HScott Motorsports. He was named the 2012 K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year and champion, he is also the 2013 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as an overall winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona.
He was the 2014 Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
In the Sprint Cup Series, the team currently fields the No. 11 FedEx/Sport Clips Toyota Camry full-time for Denny Hamlin, the No. 18 M&M's/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry full-time for Kyle Busch, the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry full-time for Carl Edwards, the No.
18 Toyota Camry full-time for Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry full-time for Daniel Suárez, the No. 20 Toyota Camry full-time for Erik Jones.
A resident of Elk Grove, California, Larson attended his first race with his parents a week after his birth; he 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; he also raced in World of Outlaws sprint cars.
His first sprint car race win was at Placerville Speedway, where he was one of the youngest drivers to ever compete.
Rice had a major win when he won the 1970 Hut Hundred. Rice finished third in 1972 USAC National Midget championship, helping his team (Shannon Brothers) win the owner's championship. Rice followed up by winning the 1973 USAC National midget driver's championship himself. Rice was also the 1977 and 1981 USAC Silver Crown Series champion. He won the Silver Crown and sprint car portions of the 4 Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in 1985. He won his second Silver Crown portion at Eldora in 1987.
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. He 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.
In 2009, Hmiel earned his first USAC-sanctioned win in the Sprint Car division at Iowa Speedway and scored a then-career-best dirt track finish of second in the Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway. Hmiel earned post-season honors as USAC's "Most Improved Driver." He was also named the Rookie of the Year in the 2009 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In February 2012, at the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 at New Smyrna Speedway, Larson made his first start in a full-bodied stock car, and won the event, leading only the final lap of the race. He won again at the speedway a week later during the World Series of Asphalt.
In the 1984 Michigan 500, Ganassi cut a tire and got into Al Unser Jr. on the backstretch. They drifted into the infield. Unser hit the inside guardrail nose-first, while Ganassi's car got airborne and slammed top-first into the guardrail with Ganassi's head hitting the rail. Ganassi's car disentigrated in midair. Ganassi suffered smoke inhalation, a concussion, a broken sternum and collarbone and many contusions. This effectively ended Ganassi's driving career.