When the discussion took place a few years back as to whether Joey Logano was ready to step into the #20 Home Depot car when Tony Stewart left JGR to become and owner/driver with Stewart-Haas racing, there were many doubters.
At this point, there are still some who doubt that Joey was ready. Although he has seen a measure of success, he was replaced at the beginning of 2013 by Matt Kenseth, a veteran driver. Joey was picked up by Penske Racing and has shown more progress with his new team. He is learning and making strides but I would say the jury is still out.
The majority opinion concerning Kyle Larson being ready to step into the #42 car being vacated by Juan Pueblo Montoya seems to be much more positive. There have been very few who have expressed doubts. Whether you listen to the media, the other drivers or the fans, you will not hear many who have questioned Chip Ganassi’s decision.
Kyle Larson fascinates me. He is not loud of brash or flashy. You can almost forget that he is in the race, at least for the first few laps or even through the first half. Just stick around a little while and you will soon hear the announcers start to talk about Kyle Larson.
It seems that no matter the track, no matter how the race plays out and no matter who else is in the field; Kyle Larson will make his way to the front. He does it quietly but he does it consistently.
This young man is going to make a name for himself in NASCAR. He doesn’t seem to care what others say or think - even though most opinions are in his favor. He just gets behind the wheel and he drives. He passes cars never giving a thought to who may be driving those cars that he is passing. He is just as confident going by a champion driver like Jimmie Johnson or Brad Keselowski as he passing another rookie.
It would not surprise me if we are talking about Kyle Larson as a contender for the championship this time next season. Some learn fast, some drive fast; Kyle Larson does both, equally well.