DARLINGTON, S.C. – Though he’s preparing to take part in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this weekend, Kyle Larson is already gearing up mentally for a busy upcoming stretch.
Larson will do a unique version of “triple duty” next week, competing in three vastly different race cars on three different race tracks in two different states between Monday night and Sunday afternoon.
His week will begin with two nights of outlaw-kart racing at California’s Cycleland Speedway, where Larson will race in addition to promoting his annual Outlaw Kart Showcase, before the 27-year-old hops a flight to Indianapolis Wednesday morning to take part in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 for the first time.
After driving a Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports dirt midget for two nights Wednesday and Thursday, Larson will cap off his weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – his day job – with Chip Ganassi Racing by competing in the 26th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a stacked schedule with plenty of logistical challenges, but Larson is relishing the chance to challenge himself across three different disciplines – especially since to him, “it won’t really feel like triple duty.”
“There aren’t any challenges with it, really,” Larson told Sprint Car & Midget. “We race Wednesday and Thursday (at The Dirt Track at IMS), and we aren’t even on the track until Saturday, I don’t think … in the Cup car. So, it’s not going to feel like that kind of a weekend to me. I do have a busy week coming up, with racing the outlaw kart in California on Monday and Tuesday, the midget Wednesday and Thursday, and then being on track Saturday and Sunday in the Cup car. But it won’t feel like triple duty, or whatever you want to call it, largely because of having the day off on Friday.
“That break will be nice and not being in multiple cars on the same day will be relaxing. I enjoy double duty, though,” Larson added. “I haven’t gotten to do any double duty NASCAR stuff this year. I did double duty on my off week at Placerville with the midget and sprint car … and that was fun, but hectic just because it’s all happening within a few hours.
“Next week will be fun and not too crazy.”
Last year, Larson didn’t race in the inaugural BC39 because of concerns that he’d be cutting his schedule too tight trying to arrive from Chico, Calif., after the Outlaw Kart Showcase.
This year, in spite of that hectic timetable, Larson is biting the bullet and doing everything in his power to make it happen – especially after seeing how the inaugural race stormed the presses.
“I didn’t adjust anything. Last year, I was just worried about getting done late at Chico and trying to catch a 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. flight to Indianapolis,” Larson noted. “I think I land at like 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, so if there are any hiccups in flight delays or anything like that, that’s where I could risk missing the race. Last year, I went to Oregon and raced my sprint car, but I saw how cool the BC39 race was last year and I didn’t want to miss it this time around. I’m super excited to get there and run in it this time.
“I’ll do everything I can to make it. We’re just going to try, and if there is a flight delay, then oh well.”
And as far as winning on The Dirt Track at IMS?
“That’s the only goal,” Larson smiled. “It’d be pretty dang cool if we could pull it off.”