Who Are Kyle Larson’s Parents, Mike and Janet Larson?

Published 04/25/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) cellebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Larson is a young and talented driver who doesn’t need any introduction. Larson took the world by a storm when became the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner and Rookie of the Year. Larson announced his arrival in the big leagues in style. He proceeded to win the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.

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Currently a NASCAR Cup Series driver for Hendrick Motorsports, he also drives in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a part-timer for Niece Motorsports.

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While several drivers claim racing legends to be their role models, Larson is a bit different. He has stated that his father is his biggest role model.

“My dad is definitely one of my biggest role models. He’s always been there to support me and give me advice, both on and off the track. From the time I started racing, both he and my mom taught me to be respectful of other competitors and encouraged me to have a good attitude regardless of what happened on the track.

Those qualities continue to help me in my career and have definitely helped me earn the respect of veterans in NASCAR.”

So, who are the people that brought up Larson to be such a wonderful driver?

Who are the parents of Kyle Larson?

Kyle Larson is the son of Mike and Janet Larson. His first interaction with racing was at a pretty young age; he went to his first race with his parents just a week after his birth.

Larson’s dad is white and his mom is Japanese-American. His maternal grandparents were placed in an internment camp during World War II.

“I really don’t know a whole lot about the time my grandparents spent in an internment camp, so that experience in their life isn’t a big part of my family’s identity,” Larson told Discover Nikkei.

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“Growing up I didn’t feel any different from my friends or the other kids I raced against, and was never treated any differently.”

Kyle’s parents have missed his first triumphs across NASCAR’s various series. They have missed every one of Kyle’s debut NASCAR triumphs from the K&N Series, to the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series. Unfortunately, they also missed his first Cup series triumph as well. They watched him cross the checkered flag from home in Elk Grove, California.

“That’s OK though,” Mike Larson said.

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“As long as he wins, I don’t have to be there. Janet and I would have been in the grandstands anyway, that’s where we go every time to watch him race. It would have taken us half the (victory) ceremony anyway just trying to get back over there (to Victory Lane).”

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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