4-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon says that 2021 sequence winner Kyle Larson has completed “superb issues” in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports.
After a short stint as a TV analyst with Fox Sports activities following his racing profession, Gordon returned to Hendrick in an official function in June of this 12 months as vice-chairman of the workforce.
Gordon performed a big function, together with workforce proprietor Rick Hendrick, in bringing Kyle Larson on board as one in all its full-time Cup drivers this season following his NASCAR suspension in 2020 for utilizing a racial slur over the radio throughout a public iRacing occasion.
Larson repaid their religion by profitable 10 races of 36 races this season, together with Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway, which additionally handed him the sequence championship in his first 12 months with the #5 workforce.
“Kyle Larson is a superb expertise. You give him an amazing race automobile and nice race groups and he does superb issues,” Gordon mentioned.
“We’ve seen it earlier than, seen it in different types of racing. He and this pit crew and this workforce, they did all of it 12 months lengthy. They bought up to now.
“What a battle. I simply wish to say Phoenix Raceway, NASCAR and all these followers that got here out right here as we speak, that is what a championship weekend is meant to really feel like, and that was a championship battle.
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“Nice rivals and an amazing champion right here.”
Larson’s victory was one thing of a workforce effort, as he grabbed the lead for the ultimate time within the race due to a pit cease below the ultimate warning that gained him three positions.
As soon as the race restarted on Lap 289 of 312, Larson then needed to maintain off a number of severe challenges from Martin Truex Jr to safe his tenth victory of the season and the championship.
“It was a complete workforce effort not simply from the entire season however from the entire weekend, how they ready to go qualify and get that lap to win the pole, get the #1 pit stall, they usually had nice (pit) stops all day lengthy,” Gordon mentioned.
“An unlucky warning that bought them behind after which one other one which helped him get one other alternative, and I feel I heard it was just like the second greatest (pit) cease of your entire 12 months.
“That’s what championship groups do.”