“We’re in a good, an ok spot right now,” Kyle Larson said on the tension among him and teammate Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson firmly believes everything is fine between him and his teammate Chase Elliott ahead of the 2023 Fontana Cup race.
Kyle Larson & Chase Elliott, Images via Wikipedia
Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott were gunning for the win at the Auto Club Speedway last year. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates were fighting for a victory in the last few laps, it did not bode well as Larson shoved Elliott to the wall with less than 30 laps to go and went on to win the race.
This collision by the duo called for a serious discussion by the team. It will be one year since the event that blew up in NASCAR. As the Cup Series will return to Fontana, Kyle Larson had something to say about the collision. He believes they are all right despite the second one at Watkins Glen International.
At the Daytona 500, Larson stated it was easy for Chase Elliott to Gert over the Fontana incident because it was the first time. “ I think Watkins Glen was tougher to get over because it happened a second time. But I think since then, it took weeks, I would say, to get moved on from it. But I feel like we’re in a good, an OK spot right now”
Kyle Larson guarantees all is well within the team
A smilier situation happened at Watkins Glen. Half a year after their first collision, Larson led Elliott wide during the race and went to finish first. His teammate then came finished in fourth place. However, though Kyle Larson admitted Fontana was a mistake, he does not think the same about the second incident.
“We were battling for the win. But you don’t want to make those moves, and it was a rough few weeks for me in my seat. So I don’t want to be a part of that ever again. So yeah, I think, I think we’re OK. And our teams continue to work well together, which I think was the most important piece of it”, said the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
It is time for the team to put this behind them and focus on Fontana. The Hendrick Motorsports team will undoubtedly do its best to avoid such situations this coming year. There will be meetings held by its owner, Rick Hendrick, to do what is best for the team. Though the Daytona 500 kickstarted with Ricky Stenhouse’s win, there might be a change in the pecking order as all the drivers are on top of their game. Race No. 2 is to be held on February 26th, Sunday. It will be streamed on Fox Sports, MRN.com, and SiriusXM (audio).
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