Kyle Larson may be making his way into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series a little earlier than planned.
For the upcoming chase race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Larson will be making his Cup Debut with Phoenix Racing in the No. 51 car. Larson is expected to drive the No. 51 at Martinsville for a second date.
Phoenix Racing, now under the ownership of Harry Scott Jr., originally had Justin Allgaier scheduled to drive at Charlotte, but Larson will now take over the date.
Currently, Larson is competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Turner Scott Motorsports, and it’s also his first full-time season in the series. He is expected to make the full-time move into the Cup Series in 2014, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Target car with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Target’ s sponsorship will begin a little early than scheduled, as they will sponsor Larson in this Cup debut at Charlotte.
With the upcoming race at Charlotte giving Larson a head start to make his Cup, it should help him prepare for the move in 2014. As the 2013 season still progresses, Larson is still adjusting to the Nationwide Series, and as he continues to race there along with the two scheduled Cup races, it should help him prepare for the big move.
His move to Cup may be just one season after his Nationwide rookie year, but the more time he adjusts and practices before the big commitment should be beneficiary and allow him to showcase what he has before his next step.