Larson will become the 5th driver to run the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day
Kyle Larson has teamed with McLaren Racing to join the entry list for the Indy 500. Rick Hendrick will be a co-owner of the entry. HendrickCars.com will serve as the primary sponsor.
Hear from Kyle Larson below.
This will be Larson’s first Indycar Series start. It’s also the first time that Rick Hendrick has taken a step into the open wheel world as an Indycar car owner.
Larson will be only the fifth driver to run “The Double”. He’ll race Indycar’s Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis, IN) and in the same day he’ll run the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, NC).
Other drivers who’ve run both races: John Andretti, Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and Kurt Busch.
Kurt Busch is the most recent driver to do it back in 2014. Tony Stewart is the only driver to complete all 1,100 miles between both events.
Larson’s Indycar car number will be released at another date.
Kyle Larson comments on running the Indianapolis 500
“I’m super excited,” said Kyle Larson.
“Competing at the Indianapolis 500 is a dream of mine and something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time – since I was a child before I ever began competing in sprint cars. To do it with McLaren and Mr. Hendrick especially is a dream come true.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity and am really looking forward to it even though it’s still about a year-and-a-half away. I’m really looking forward to competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Charlotte (Motor Speedway) 600 and maybe even get a win or two that day.”
Rick Hendrick comments
“Having the opportunity to support Kyle, partner with an elite team like Arrow McLaren and promote HendrickCars.com in one of the world’s great auto racing events is truly unique,” Hendrick said.
“All of us are competitors. Putting Kyle in top-level equipment and allowing ample time for him to prepare for such a difficult challenge was important.”
“It’s going to be very, very special to field a Chevrolet in the Indy 500 as a car owner. A collaboration like this was what we needed to make it happen, and fortunately the stars aligned. We’re 100% committed to doing it right and look forward to working with Zak (Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing) and his organization.”
Zak Brown: CEO, McLaren Racing
“Adding Kyle Larson with a HendrickCars.com partnership to the Indy 500 lineup in 2024 is exciting for our Arrow McLaren team as well as for race fans,” Brown said.
He added, “He’s a complete driver, known for racing anything on wheels, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Kyle can do in an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car. It’s been great working with Rick Hendrick and (Hendrick Motorsports vice chairman) Jeff Gordon to pull this together, so a big thank you to them for what’s to come in May 2024.”