Kyle Larson is one of the top Cup Series drivers in the sport, and he will likely be a championship contender next season.
But the 25-year-old recently admitted he ultimately wants to race in a different series on a full-time basis. Larson said on the World of Outlaws podcast “Open Red” that he wants to eventually race in the World of Outlaws tour full time. He admitted that while the money is great in NASCAR, it’s not necessarily his passion.
“As everybody knows, there’s a lot of money in the sport (NASCAR), and you know you can make a good living,” Larson said. “So yeah, I wanted to make it to NASCAR. So throughout the 2011 season I had opportunities to go Indy Lights racing and stuff like that, but I just wasn’t into that. I grew up watching Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and you wanted to race with them.
“NASCAR is where I wanted to make it, but I would have been perfectly fine if I didn’t make it either,” Larson continued. “I’d probably be on the Outlaw (sprint car) tour probably right now, racing and loving life … I would say racing on the World of Outlaws tour full-time is my main goal; NASCAR’s just the step to get there.
Larson can race in 25 dirt races per year based on his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. He raced in numerous races during the week last year, and he will likely continue to do so as long as his team allows it.
He won six straight sprint car races at one point in 2017, and racing fans can expect more of the same in 2018.