Kyle Larson’s future is going to be one of the most talked about storylines as he nears the end of his Ganassi contract. The length of Larson’s current contract isn’t known but drivers typically sign three to five-year deals. Assuming he’s on a three-year deal that would make Larson a free agent after the 2020 season. Viewed as one of the best talents to come into the sport in years his services will be widely sought after.
NASCAR’s GOAT Jimmie Johnson said this past week that he doesn’t have 5 years left in him. So assuming he sees out his current contract which runs through the 2020 season it’s easy to link Larson to the #48. Larson has been a Chevy driver since he joined the NASCAR ranks, many believe if he was with a bigger team he’d be winning races on a regular basis. Hendrick Motorsports remain the top Chevy team so, in theory, it would make sense that Larson would be Johnson’s successor.
This week on the Door, Bumper, Clear Podcast Joey Logano’s spotter TJ Majors and Bubba Wallace’s spotter Freddie Kraft were asked a question by a fan about Larson and Hendrick.
“Does Kyle Larson replace Jimmie Johnson at Hendrick?”
TJ Majors & Freddie Kraft immediately responded “No.”
So Where Does Larson Go?
Host Casey Boat asked TJ and Freddie where they thought he might go and TJ immediately chimed in with this:
“Where does Larson go after Ganassi? Does he re-sign with Ganassi or go somewhere else? Someone else that retires soon. Like a single-car team that has connections to a multi-car team.” – TJ Majors
Hmmmmm. Who could that be? *thinking emoji*
TJ Majors works for Team Penske. Who does Penske have an alliance with? None other than a single car team in the Wood Brothers. A single car team with connections to a multi-car team. TJ immediately said he doesn’t know anything but if we’re being honest you don’t drop a hint like that if you know nothing. That’s not even a rumor that has been talked about outside of the garage are.
Paul Menard has to be approaching the end of his driving career. He hasn’t performed as well as expected in the #21 compared to what Blaney did in it and he hasn’t won since 2011 at Indianapolis. Who knows what happens with sponsorship, does Menard’s stay with the #21 or go full-time to Blaney? Who knows but the Wood Brothers adding Larson would be a huge coup for them.
If this did happen it would certainly be a surprise. Larson fits the Wood Brothers mold, just racers who want to race. He doesn’t fit the Penske mold though. His dirt track career would never fly at Penske. The bigger question is would moving to the #21 be an upgrade from Ganassi? At the moment it’s a lateral move if not a slight step down. We’re not calling TJ out by any means but going strictly off performance something doesn’t line up.
For the sake of clarity he could also be referring to Leavine Family Racing. A single car team with strong ties to Joe Gibbs Racing this season. However that seems very far fetched.
Freddie Kraft said he thinks Larson will leave Ganassi but his next owner’s racing mentality has to line up with his. Freddie was undoubtedly pointing Larson in the direction of Stewart-Haas Racing. It would make total sense to see him at SHR and it’s likely something Tony Stewart wet dreams about at night. On top of Larson running their Cup cars, they could also toss him in their sprint cars to partner Donny Schatz.
Who knows where Larson ends up. The Wood Brothers rumor that Majors has now started is definitely something many did not expect to hear.
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