Kyle Larson "excited and nervous" for Indy 500 debut subsequent yr - Motor Informed

Kyle Larson “excited and nervous” for Indy 500 debut subsequent yr

Larson will race Arrow McLaren’s fourth Chevrolet-powered automotive, with help from his NASCAR workforce proprietor Rick Hendrick, alongside the squad’s common roster of drivers within the 2024 Indy 500.

The 2021 Cup champion says it’s been his “dream” to contest the occasion and also will run NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte later that day.

“It most likely nonetheless gained’t appear actual till I get behind the wheel of a automotive,” Larson informed NBC Peacock from the Arrow McLaren pits. “Simply comfortable to be right here, it’s the one day I can get right here this yr, so I’m simply attempting to soak in as a lot data as I can and regularly higher put together myself for subsequent season.

“I wish to do a extremely good job and I really feel like the chance is there with an incredible workforce and all its sources. The chance is one thing I’ve wished to do for some time, I simply felt that the timing was proper to dwell out a dream of mine, my dad’s and Jeff Gordon’s and even Rick Hendrick’s.

“I simply wanna do a very good job, I wanna clearly win the race too. I understand how laborious it’s, so I’m going to maintain my expectations sensible, as a result of these are the best IndyCar drivers on the earth, and I’ve by no means raced one!

“If I put together proper, research and focus, then I can do a very good job. So I’m simply excited and little bit nervous, I assume.”

Tony Kanaan, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Tony Kanaan, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Photograph by: Geoffrey M. Miller / Motorsport Images

Larson revealed that his check programme hasn’t but been set, however that he needs to get his first IndyCar operating earlier than the tip of the yr.

“I don’t know when that will likely be precisely, I haven’t heard of a date anyway,” he stated. “So, I don’t learn about simulator or something as a result of I do know they’ve been so busy getting ready for this yr’s Indy 500.

“As soon as we get by these subsequent couple of weeks, we’ll get extra deal with my schedule and plans. I don’t wish to step on anyone’s toes proper now, I understand how massive this week is.”

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Larson attended the Indianapolis Motor Speedway immediately with Hendrick Motorsports’ vice-chairman Jeff Gordon, who will oversee his cost’s Indy undertaking.

“Kyle has all the time made it clear that he wished to get behind the wheel of an IndyCar to do the Indy 500, and we’re right here to be taught all we are able to to plan logistically and for no matter he wants from a contest standpoint,” stated Gordon.

“I gotta say, having Tony Kanaan within the fourth [Arrow McLaren] automotive this yr is a large, big assist for what we’re going to have subsequent yr. He’s tremendous aggressive and such an incredible man, he’s so open to serving to out Kyle for this effort and we’re lucky to be collaborating with Arrow McLaren and Chevrolet and I can’t watch for what’s to return.

“It takes lots to do that race, and it’ll be even tougher not being within the automotive all yr lengthy, however I like our possibilities with who we’re partnering up with.”

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