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Credit One Bank expands sponsorship to Kyle Larson for 2017
- Updated: January 18, 2017
By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor
With Target easing back its sponsorship of Kyle Larson in 2017, Credit One Bank is set to step up and fill the opening created in the fourth-year driver’s schedule.
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced Wednesday that the credit card issuer will serve as a primary sponsor for Larson in multiple races in the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, including the season-opening Advanced Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.
Credit One Bank joined CGR in 2016, serving as the primary sponsor for Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 Chevrolet for five races and an associate sponsor for the rest of the season. The company, known for having “The Official Credit Card of NASCAR”, will return to McMurray’s team as an associate sponsor for 2017.
“We are very excited to grow our relationship with Credit One Bank and introduce the company as a partner on the No. 42 Chevrolet for the 2017 season,” CGR President Steve Lauletta said in a release. “We enjoyed a successful first year with Credit One Bank last season on the No. 1 Chevrolet, and look forward to continued success this season with Kyle and the No. 42 team. Having Credit One Bank grow with our team is not only a testament to the strength of our sport, but also highlights the enthusiasm we have this season for our teams at Ganassi as both Jamie and Kyle look to build off of a strong 2016 season.”
Larson, the 2014 Cup Series Rookie of the Year, saw a significant leap in performance last season, earning his first-career victory at Michigan International Speedway in Aug. and making his way into the Chase for the first time. The Californian also earned victories in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, as well as a group of triumphs in sprint car and midget car action across the country.
“I can’t wait to get back on track this year and pick up where our team left off last season,” Larson said. “This time last year we were getting used to some new guys on our team, so we’re really excited to start off this season with some good chemistry and an idea of what we all need to do each weekend to contend for wins. We’re also looking forward to our first season with Credit One Bank as a part of our team. They were a great partner with Ganassi and NASCAR last season, so we’re excited for some great races with them this year.”
The 2017 MENCS schedule will begin on Feb. 18, when the field heads to Daytona for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash. The first points race will come the following week, with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 25.