Kyle Larson won 2014 Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 42 Chevrolet for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. He will file a Blog every other week on IMS.com, chronicling his second year in Sprint Cup. This week he talks about heading to Las Vegas for the season’s third race and working the commercial circuit. For previous installments, click here.
Well, in Atlanta we were fast right off the bat in the test on Thursday with the new rules package. Me and Jamie (McMurray) were first and second in that first test session, so that was pretty cool for the Ganassi team. We ended up qualifying sixth for the race, and also had pretty good speed from our cars during practice. But, unfortunately the race was pretty eventful, and not in a good way – we had a run of bad luck and things just didn’t work out. Ultimately, we got into a wreck with about 15 laps to go, so just rode it out and finished 26th.
Headed to Las Vegas this weekend, and it’s good to be back there. The World of Outlaws sprint cars ran Wednesday and Thursday, so I watched the team I’m a part of (Larson Marks Racing) race out there. I get to hang out with my team, a lot of my friends, and we’ll have a good time going out in Vegas. There’s so much to do in Vegas, including some great food. As far as restaurants, I don’t really have one spot that I like to go to, pretty much all the restaurants are really good. I’m not running the XFINITY race this weekend, so just focusing on the Cup car, so that will be nice. The Target Chevy was fast at Vegas last year, so we should be pretty good again this year.
I didn’t have a lot of down time at home in North Carolina before heading out west, but I did take some time earlier this week to shoot a commercial in Concord, North Carolina, for NBC Sports. The commercial is for their NASCAR coverage, which starts in July with Daytona, and should be good. The weather was kind of crummy on the day we were shooting, so they had to do the whole thing inside an arena. I got to drive the race car a little bit, about 60 to 80 feet in front of a huge green screen, going really slow. The commercial is all about having the freedom to choose in America and trying to get fans to choose me as their ‘driver’ and choose NASCAR as their sport. There were a lot of us drivers doing it, so it should turn out really cool. Harvick was here, Logano was here, Daniel Suarez, and I think Dale, Danica and Bubba Wallace were also going to be in it. Commercials are usually fun to shoot. We did one about a month ago that you probably saw on TV about NASCAR’s Fantasy Live racing game. Clint Bowyer was in that one, and he’s probably one of the most fun drivers to do stuff with. He’s crazy, which keeps things entertaining when we start to get kind of tired.
I’ll be out west for the next few weeks, so check back in to hear about what I’ve been up to. Some fun stuff coming up while we’re out there, so stay tuned.
Until next time,