Kyle Larson will move up to the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2014 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Ganassi said that while the team had talked to multiple drivers, the 21-year-old Larson was the only driver that the team offered the ride to. Larson is currently 8th in the Nationwide Series standings -- his first in the series. He said that a year ago today he was at Atlanta preparing for his second career Truck Series start.
So yes, he's moved quickly up the NASCAR ladder, however, Ganassi said that there was no pressure on Larson to win right away in his first season. Tony Stewart has leveled high praise on Larson, calling him a "special talent." (Ganassi also said that Larson would run the Nationwide Series next season too.)
Larson is replacing Juan Pablo Montoya, who Ganassi brought over from Formula 1 to drive the No. 42 car full-time in 2007. In his seven years at Ganassi, Montoya made the Chase in 2009 and won two races.
Ganassi obviously felt that Larson was ready enough to handle the Cup Series; and Larson feels that way too. But despite the praise -- and the lack of expectations to win, there's been much debate about Larson's readiness for Cup. When the green flag flies at Daytona in 2014, it'll be Larson's 40th official NASCAR series start. Should he have focused on the Nationwide Series for another season before moving to Cup in 2015, or is the time right? Let us know in the comments.