Kyle Larson plans to go full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Racing in 2013 from behind the wheel of the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, according to a press release from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates on Wednesday. Larson has a development driver relationship with EGR.
"We are pleased we were able to get Kyle in a quality, full-time ride for the 2013 Nationwide season," Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates co-owner Chip Ganassi said. "Turner Scott Motorsports runs a quality Truck and Nationwide program, and Kyle is one of the true young talents in racing. We think it will be a good fit for both of them. We believe Kyle has a bright future ahead of him in NASCAR."
After a successful stint of USAC racing, Larson made the move to stock cars in 2012, claiming the championship in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East championship as a series rookie and a participant in NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program.
"Kyle has already proven in a very short amount of time that he is a very talented driver, and we're very excited to have him on board at Turner Scott Motorsports," Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott said. "He did a fantastic job in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events he drove for us last season, so we are thrilled to be a part of the next step in his career and to see his talent develop while at the wheel of the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro this season."
Larson made four starts in Camping World Truck Series competition last season, with all but one of those starts resulting in top-10 finishes. He finished second at Phoenix International Raceway in November.
"This is truly one of the happiest days of my life," Larson said of the Nationwide competition announcement. "I have been thinking about something like this since my very first days of racing. I am very proud to be part of Chip Ganassi's organization and to be running with Turner Scott Motorsports. Daytona cannot come fast enough for me."
In preparation for his Nationwide Series debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 23, Larson will compete in the ARCAR Racing Series event at the track a week earlier on Feb. 16.