NASCAR: Kyle Larson Explains Difference Between His Cars at Hendrick Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing

Published 03/03/2021, 11:45 AM EST
Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Larson recorded his best finish with Hendrick Motorsports so far, at his best track this past weekend. Last Sunday, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Larson finished in 4th place and looked strong for most of the race.

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Homestead is a place where Larson has recorded many strong finishes throughout his career. However, most of those runs were with his erstwhile Chip Ganassi Racing car, while the latest race was his first one there with Hendrick.

Larson was recently asked to point out any major differences between the 42 car at CGR and the 5 car at Hendrick. He hasn’t yet found many big differences, but the Homestead race showed him a big one.

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“The only difference I really felt at Homestead was the ride quality was a little bit smoother,” Larson said during a recent media chat.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Larson explains how the no. 5 car is different

He explained the same with a very specific experience he had in the Hendrick car on the track, compared to previous experiences on the same stretch with the 42.

“There are some bumps on entry at (turn) three up top. Usually, with the 42, I can feel those a lot. In the 5 car this weekend it was much smoother and kind of floated across those much easier,” Larson explained.

In the 42, Larson was very used to feeling those bumps on the track. He had found a way to navigate through them, and with a much smoother set-up in the 5 car, Larson took some time to get into a rhythm on Sunday.

DOVER, DELAWARE – OCTOBER 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Clover Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

“I kind of used those bumps as a trigger to my brain and knowing where to lift going through those bumps. This past week, my car was so smooth through there that it was kind of hard for me to get into rhythm at first on entry up top,” he concluded on the same.

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Larson is ‘getting closer’ to his maiden win with Hendrick

The 28-year-old already has two finishes inside the top-10 in three races with Hendrick. Larson feels his maiden win in the no. 5 car is getting closer every week.

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Once Larson gets that first win, he is expected to only get better with time with the Hendrick equipment. He will aim for that win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Sunday.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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