USA Today via Reuters

USA Today via Reuters

Kyle Larson has a pretty full plate on his hands in the 2024 season. The Hendrick Motorsports star has added the Double Duty to his challenges this year. To be more specific, he is going to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. This will undoubtedly be his biggest challenge to date, as he will be taking on the Indy 500 challenge for the first time, which is a grand and prestigious race.

Obviously, there is a world of difference between an IndyCar and a NASCAR car- hence, the transition will be tough. Nevertheless, the 2021 Cup Series champion is hard at work preparing for the big race. Amidst all this though, one has to wonder whether either series has been interfering with his preparation for the other.

Kyle Larson outlines his priorities


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For the HMS star, NASCAR remains an important priority. Sure, the Indy 500 is hugely important, owing to its prestige, but Larson is fighting equally hard for the Cup Series championship. And well, having a dynamic racing schedule isn’t alien to the Chevy driver.


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Larson told Frontstretch, “It’s kind of a tough balance right now. Everybody thinks that I should be preparing for Indy every single day. We’re in the middle of our Cup season. So it is important for me to focus on that and try to maintain our point lead. I will have to take some focus off the NASCAR stuff once I get to Indy. For right now, I feel like I’ve done as much as I can. I feel like I’ve done a good job leading the points, so. I’ve managed the distractions well but I’m also used to distractions. Racing lots of different stuff outside of NASCAR. It’s not foreign for me to have to focus on other things at different times and be able to balance it all.”

While we all know what a force to reckon with Larson is on NASCAR tracks, the motorsports community is abuzz with how his IndyCar attempt will turn out.

What chance does the Hendrick Motorsports star have?


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Larson has been taking part in multiple tests ahead of his IndyCar debut. Judging from those results, he is already looking competitive on the race track. Safe to say, some of the regular IndyCar drivers will have to watch their backs with Larson around, giving them a run for their money. Considering that he is well-known for being one of the most versatile drivers, would it really be surprising if he took to IndyCar like a duck to water?

On the other end of the spectrum, no one knows how the race will play out. Maybe Kyle Larson will be fighting for the win, or he could be a solid midfield runner. Or he could struggle to keep up with his peers, or in the worst case scenario, get caught up in a wreck and lose his only shot at winning. One thing is for sure, the 2024 Indy 500 will be worth watching.