“Made Me a Bigger Fan” – Kyle Larson Opens up on His Budding Relationship With Chase Elliott

Published 12/21/2020, 7:36 AM EST
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 05: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)


Hendrick Motorsports coped with the departure of Jimmie Johnson, by bringing in Kyle Larson. He joins an army of three talented drivers consisting of Alex Bowman, William Byron. And of course defending Cup Series champion, Chase Elliott.

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As a new recruit, Larson is yet to spend time with both Elliott and Byron. But he hopes that he becomes comfortable around them and forms meaningful relationships going forward.

Larson stated, “I haven’t spent a lot of time around Chase or William (Byron). Getting to have Chase in an atmosphere that I’m comfortable with and around a lot of my friends and me trying to help him or advise him with driving a midget.”

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“I think that’s really going to help build a relationship going into the season and help build a friendship, too.”

Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott gear up for the Chili Bowl Nationals

“Getting to be around him a couple of days at Millbridge was really good. He did an awesome job,” expressed Larson.

Larson is all set to defend his crown in the Chili Bowl Nationals next month. His Cup Series teammate Elliott will also compete for the very first time in the dirt track midget car racing event.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, climbs into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

The Hendrick Motorsports no. 5 continued, “Obviously, I’ve always had a lot of respect for him as a driver, but after seeing how quickly he adapted to something that’s way different than what he’s used to doing was great to see.

“It made me a bigger fan than I already was,” added Larson.

Elliott will also look to defend his Cup Series title

“I’m excited to see what he does at Chili Bowl and really excited to get to work with him and kind of see how he approaches a race weekend and a race and try to learn as much off of him as I can,” concluded Larson.

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RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, exit pit road during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

The Hendrick team has only become stronger with the hiring of Larson to take the wheel of their No.5 car. Fiercely competitive teammates always represent a challenge, especially when a driver is attempting to defend their title.

That said, Elliott will still look to cultivate a healthy relationship with Larson. But when it comes down to racing, it will be interesting to see who gets the better of whom on the track.

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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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