Elk Grove to honor NASCAR Champion Kyle Larson

On Monday, November 22, Elk Grove will honor 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson with a victory parade. Larson had 10 wins (11 if you include the non-points-paying NASCAR All-Star Race) in 2021. The most wins in a NASCAR season since Jimmy Johnson did it in 2007.

The 29-year-old Larson attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove and in 2014 was the Key to the City recipient in Elk Grove. Larson began his racing career as a teen. In 2012 he was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing. He eventually worked his way through the NASCAR ranks and won Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2014.

In early 2020, Larson was suspended from NASCAR for using a racial slur during an online racing game. Larson then attended sensitivity training and volunteered with different organizations learning more about social justice. In October 2020, Larson was reinstated by NASCAR and signed by Hendrick Motorsports. Larson capped off his return to NASCAR by winning the final race in Phoenix on November 7. Afterwards, an emotional Larson talked about his win.

Larson’s victory parade in Elk Grove will start around 2 pm on Monday, November 22. Tentative plans are for the parade to start on Elk Grove Blvd, just east of the Elk Grove – Florin Road intersection, and then continue on Elk Grove Blvd to the city’s new Old Town Plaza area where Larson and other local dignitaries will gather with the public.

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 06, 2021 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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