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Larson “fairly upset with myself” after Indy 500 rushing penalty

After waiting out a four-hour rain delay, Kyle Larson rolled off fifth in the No. 17 Arrow McLaren-Rick Hendrick Chevrolet and experienced the highs and lows that comes with competing in the Indy 500. Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion, rotated in and out of the top 10 in the opening half of the

Larson “fairly upset with myself” after Indy 500 rushing penalty

After ready out a four-hour rain delay, Kyle Larson rolled off fifth within the No. 17 Arrow McLaren-Rick Hendrick Chevrolet and skilled the highs and lows that comes with competing within the Indy 500.

Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Sequence champion, rotated out and in of the highest 10 within the opening half of the 200-lap race, however hit hassle on lap 131 when he carried an excessive amount of velocity coming into the pits. Consequently, Race Management handed him a drive-through penalty that he served three laps later and went a lap down.

Nonetheless, a warning on lap 147 supplied the possibility to get again on the lead lap with a wave round and battle again – even main 4 laps throughout a pit cease cycle – to gather the highest 20 end result. He was scored because the second-highest rookie within the area behind Ed Carpenter Racing’s first-year driver Christian Rasmussen, who began twenty fourth and completed twelfth. 

After the race, Larson teased a return to “The Best Spectacle in Racing” earlier than flying to Charlotte in an effort to complete the 600-mile Cup race as a part of the second leg of ‘The Double’ – working each the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the identical Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Kyle Larson, Arrow McLaren/Rick Hendrick Chevrolet, #98: Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda, Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Global Honda

Kyle Larson, Arrow McLaren/Rick Hendrick Chevrolet, #98: Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda, Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti International Honda

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

“I might positively like to be again subsequent 12 months,” Larson stated. “I really feel like I realized loads all through the race. Made a few errors early there with the restart. Undecided what I did unsuitable there. 

“I by some means acquired myself into third (gear) after which felt like I did a extremely good job on the restarts and was capable of study loads. Undoubtedly be ok with figuring out what I would wish completely different for the steadiness to assist runs and stuff. Clearly, I smoked the left entrance on the green-flag cease and killed our alternative. 

“Proud to complete, however fairly upset with myself. Simply might have executed a greater race. You do not know what might have occurred. Yeah, bummed at myself, however large thanks to Arrow McLaren, Hendrick Motorsports, Hendrick Automotive Group, Rick Hendrick, Chevrolet, Valvoline, all people that is part of this. We’ll go hop on the jet and see if I can get into the 600 by some means.”

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Larson instantly left the observe for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, which was already nicely underway. Justin Allgaier jumped behind the wheel of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Larson arrived after 249 of 400 laps had been accomplished, however a major rain storm hit the observe across the similar time.

Allgaier was working thirteenth on the time of the purple flag however Larson didn’t find yourself driving because the race by no means resumed. 

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