DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Larson's fourth career race on a road course didn't start as planned.
Larson was flagged for speeding as he pulled off pit road after taking over from Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan in his debut Saturday in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He was forced to serve a stop-and-go penalty in his Chip Ganassi Racing entry.
He later flat-spotted his tires on a re-start, fell a lap off the pace and struggled to maneuver through traffic.
When he was done, the budding NASCAR star was disappointed in his performance and unsure if he'd get another chance behind the wheel of the No. 02 Ford in the four-driver lineup.
"I didn't go off track, so I guess that was good," Larson shrugged. "But I almost did probably a handful of times. I'm just disappointed in how I did. Hopefully I get back in."
The 21-year-old is moving into the Sprint Cup Series this year for Ganassi after just one year in the Nationwide Series. The bulk of his career was spent racing sprint cars, and his only previous experience on road courses were Nationwide races at Mid-Ohio, Road America and Watkins Glen.
Still, Ganassi tabbed him for a spot on a stout lineup that included reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, Kanaan and Marino Franchitti.