Kyle Larson is looking forward to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series season, with the 27-year old hoping for an even more competitive year behind the wheel of the new-for-2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE race car.
Chevrolet debuted the Camaro ZL1 1LE NASCAR Cup Series body late last year. The updated race car features revised aerodynamics, which were developed using
computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing, along with some other mild improvements that Chevy hopes will help its drivers take the fight to the best from Ford and Toyota.
While Larson has yet to sample the new Camaro ZL1 Cup Series car on track, he likes what he’s seen thus far and is confident the changes Chevy has made will pay off when the Daytona Speedweeks begin in February.
“We don’t have any track time with (the new Chevy) but everything I’ve heard about it at the shop, it’s better than what we had,” Larson said before acknowledging there may some “growing pains” with the new car before he and his Chip Ganassi Racing crew find a rhythm.
“Hopefully we don’t (have any growing pains) but I’m not going to get upset if there is because we do have a new body style and there will be things we have to learn on the fly,” he said. “Everybody seems to be pretty confident about it, so that makes me excited.”
Larson finished sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings in 2019, making him the best-performing Chevy driver for the season. He recorded consistent top 10 and top 5 finishes in the first half of the season before taking his sole victory late in the year at Dover. His strong late-season performance has him optimistic for 2020, as well, with the Cup Series rules package set to carry over unchanged from last year.
“I think with the rules not changing, it helps every team really but just from where we started the 2019 season and where we ended, I felt we made the improvement out of all the teams. I think we’re in a good spot to start even with the new body style,” he said. “You normally don’t know what to expect until you get out there but I’m looking forward to getting out there because all of our expectations are much higher going into this season.”
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season will kick off with the Busch Clash on February 9th.