Kyle Larson will drive the No. 42 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing during the 2014 Sprint Cup season but that does not mean that the 21-year-old driver will have to wait till then to see his first action at NASCAR’s top level.
Larson, a rookie this season in the Nationwide series, and the 2012 K&N Pro Series East Champion will be taking over the No 42 Chevrolet replacing Juan Pablo Montoya.
Chip Ganassi addressing the media on Friday saying that even though it is not his MO to push anybody out of a car that the plan is to get Larson some seat time yet this season.
“I think there’s opportunity to get him in the Cup races this year, and were going to take advantage of those opportunities.” Ganassi said.
EGR is a two car team, and with no intention of pushing Montoya out of the car early one option to get Larson seat time could be with Phoenix Racing.
Harry Scott, owner at Phoenix Racing and part owner of Turner Scott Motorsports, Larson’s Nationwide team could be willing to put Larson in the No. 51 Chevrolet for at least a couple of races this season.
Larson will be the first Japanese American driver to compete at NASCAR’s top level.