Crew Chief Cliff Daniels Outlines Goals for Kyle Larson and No.5 Team Ahead of 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 02/01/2021, 11:30 AM EST
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the pole award for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


There is a sense of optimism brewing at the Hendrick Motorsports No.5 team. Headlined by Kyle Larson and managed by new Crew Chief Cliff Daniels, the team’s supporters will be inquisitive to see how their new driver will adapt.

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But that said, there will be no shortage of expectations from a driver like Larson who possesses immense caliber. The targets for him would be the same as the team’s current superstar Chase Elliott, and that is to win races and eventually, titles.

Daniels has now outlined the importance of putting the required pieces in place to achieve the level of success that they want to.

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Having previously talked about setting a foundation, the Crew Chief also wants to make sure that enough efforts are put in to sustain the good work.

Need to put right pieces in place to sustain the success we have, explains Daniels

Speaking in an interview, Daniels said, “It’s going to be one thing to go win a race. OK, cool, great, won a race. Now, what are you going to do from there?

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

“I don’t have a Cup win as a crew chief, so in no way am I taking that for granted at all; it’s just making sure we have put the right pieces in place so as we’re finding the success that we want to have and are working to have, we can sustain it.”

Daniels has tremendous experience winning Cup races as a race engineer on Jimmie Johnson’s team back in the day. As a Crew Chief, he believes that the aforementioned goal will be the same for everyone across the team.

Kyle Larson will certainly aim for more Cup Series race wins

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“That’s my goal for him. That’s my goal for me. That’s my goal for the team,” concluded Daniels. Having spent a good deal with Chip Ganassi Racing, the 28-year-old has experience driving in Cup Series. But with Hendrick Motorsports, he can certainly elevate in reputation and become a more frequent race winner.

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)

Hence, a concrete foundation in place can lead to a very fruitful Larson-Daniels partnership. In addition, both entities will be hoping that they can get off to the right start at the Daytona International Speedway.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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