“I’ve Always Admired Him” ​​- Jeff Gordon on Kyle Larson

Recently, former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon spoke about Kyle Larson. The #5 driver is the newly crowned Cup champion and eagerly awaits the start of the new season. Gordon confessed that he would have liked to see Larson at Hendrick Motorsports and eventually got his wish.

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He said, “I’m even going back to dirt racing because I have a sprint car and a midget background. I’ve looked at him [Larson] for a long time. To see him win at so many different levels in different series. And to finally see him go to Cup with Chip Ganassi. I’ve always admired him and he and I became friends because we’re from a similar area in California. So somehow we always run into each other and talk during races. ”

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Jeff Gordon desperately wanted Kyle Larson at Hendrick Motorsports

Of course, it was a bit of a shame when Larson was dropped midway through the 2020 season. So when Jimmie Johnson hung up his boots, Hendrick Motorsports threw themselves into the free agent. It’s also worth noting that Jeff Gordon continued to pester the team owners into considering him for a seat.

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Gordon expressed his wish for how he always wanted Larson to be part of the team and so he jumped at the opportunity when it came. He stated that it was also Rick Hendrick’s wish and that it was a “incredible” years because all these ideas came together.

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HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Now the four-time Cup Series champion gets the chance to work closely with the defending champion. This is because Gordon is the official vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports. He thus gets the chance to team up with the #5 driver ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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Larson will have a tough job next season, because defending a title will be more difficult. Bearing in mind that the Next Gen cars are debuting, no one knows who has the advantage over the other. Let us know what you think about this in the comments.

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