Hendrick Motorsports announces Kyle Larson’s sponsor and releases 2021 paint scheme
Kyle Larson will be chasing trophies in 2021. The driver is set for a return to the NASCAR Cup Series in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 machine.
View all angles of Kyle Larson’s 2021 car below.
Larson hasn’t raced in NASCAR since March 2020. During quarantine, drivers took to the digital world of iRacing. While attempting to reach his personal spotter on a private channel, he used the n-word.
Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing. He was also suspended by NASCAR. That suspension was officially lifted on January 1, 2021.
In his time away from NASCAR, Larson has returned to the dirt tracks. He’s dominated, winning almost everything. Most recently, he won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season opener at All-Tech Raceway, leaving only a handful of cars on the lead lap.
Now, Hendrick Motorsports has moved Alex Bowman to the No. 48 machine following Jimmie Johnson’s retirement. The No. 88 has been shelved as the famous Hendrick No. 5 machine makes it’s return.
The speculation has been building regarding Kyle Larson’s 2021 NASCAR sponsor. The announcement of Larson’s new contract with Hendrick came in October 2020.
In late December, merchandise for Larson’s deal with Hendrick hit the internet for the first time. The graphic tees featured an all red car with no sponsor images. However, the shirts and hats did appear to be in the same style as HendrickCars.com.
In early January, images of Larson’s NASCAR hauler leaked on the internet. HendrickCars.com was the main logo on the hauler. However, there were several other logos placed on the hauler as well.
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Kyle Larson’s 2021 car released
Until now, we haven’t seen the paint scheme or a sponsor announcement regarding the driver’s return.
On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports teased the car release. They asked fans to sign up for their mailing list to get a chance to view the first look of the new car.
NationsGuard will be the primary sponsor for Kyle Larson and the No. 5.
The company stated via their website, “NationsGuard puts auto dealerships in the driver’s seat of their F&I programs, and we’re proud to have Kyle Larson in the driver’s seat of the No. 5 NationsGuard Chevrolet.”
“We’re a company of car people, for car people, and are ready to take the track in 2021.”
They added, “This season also marks the first year for Kyle Larson as the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with crew chief Cliff Daniels. We’re kicking off the action at the DAYTONA 500 on February 14, 2021 – you don’t want to miss it!”
So, what is NationsGuard?
Per the company websites, “NationsGuard focuses on providing automotive dealerships a turn-key package for creating a Dealer Owned Warranty Company (DOWC).”
“NationsGuard’s management team has 26 years of experience providing customer focused administration and risk management to one of the largest automotive groups in the country.”
“We were founded by a dealer, with dealership goals – automotive retail is in our DNA.”
“A Dealer Owned Warranty Company is a service contract company owned by the dealer, with NationsGuard handling daily operations. NationsGuard will create your DOWC, customize product offerings, perform all product filings with states and lenders, and provide a turnkey experience for the dealer.”