Kyle Larson will race for Hendrick Motorsports in the No. 5 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series starting next season, the team announced Wednesday (Oct. 28).
NASCAR recently reinstated Larson after he was suspended for using a racial slur in April. He previously drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 42 since 2014.
Cliff Daniels, who currently leads the No. 48, will be the crew chief of the No. 5 team.
“Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how its drivers represent the team and its partners,” Larson said in a team release. “My goal is to win races, be a great teammate, continue my personal efforts to grow, and hold myself to that high standard personally and professionally. Making the absolute most of this platform and the opportunity in front of me is my focus. I know what’s expected of me and what I expect of myself, on and off the track.
“Mr. Hendrick is one of the people who extended a hand to me over the past six months. Our initial conversations were not about racing. He cares about me as a person and wants to see me succeed beyond driving. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for the commitment, the faith and the confidence from him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports.”
Larson has six career Cup victories, 56 top fives and 101 top 10s.
The No. 5 returns for the first time since 2017, as the team will not field the No. 88 next year.
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