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NASCAR: Hendrick Motorsports Signs Kyle Larson on No. 5 Team After Reinstatement Over Racial Slur

by Thad Mitchell
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Newly Reinstated NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has a new team only months since his suspension for using a racial slur.

Larson, who was reinstated by the racing giant only days ago, will be teaming with Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2021. Hendricks made the official on social media Wednesday afternoon. Larson signed a multi-year deal according to Hendrick Motorsports press release.

Larson also confirmed his news on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday. The driver says he is thankful to Hendrick for the chance to compete in the sport he loves. He shared what appeared to be a photo of him signing a contract in the Tweet.

“Humbles, honored and so grateful for this next chapter in my life,” he says. “Thank you @TeamHendrick. Look forward to great things on and off the track!”

Larson Will Drive No. 5 Car

The press release states Larson will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. The organization will field this car for the first time since 2017. Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, says Larson is a championship caliber racer.

“Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world,” Hendrick says. “He has championship-level ability and will be a significant addition to our on-track program. More importantly, I have full confidence that he understands our expectations and will be a tremendous ambassador for our team, our partners and NASCAR. Kyle and I have had many conversations leading up to today’s announcement. I’m confident about what’s in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career. Kyle has done important work over the past six months, and Hendrick Motorsports is going to support those continued efforts.”

Larson’s usage of a racial slur has been well-documented. He allegedly called a teammate the “N-word” during a virtual race. He reportedly did not realize his audio was streaming on Twitch for thousands of gamers to hear. The incident caused NASCAR to hand down a lengthy suspension and it cost Larson numerous sponsorships.