Kyle Larson, a highly touted 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif., will drive full time this season in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series, his team announced Wednesday.
Veteran team owner Chip Ganassi is overseeing Larson's fledgling NASCAR career, and Ganassi helped Larson reach a deal to drive the No. 32 Chevrolet for the Nationwide team of Turner Scott Motorsports.
"Kyle's shown an uncanny ability to really drive anything that's been put under him so far," Ganassi told reporters on a conference call. "I think he'll be just fine in [the] Nationwide [series]."
Larson so far mainly has driven a variety of midget cars, sprints and other "open-wheel" cars with considerable success, drawing plaudits from such racing stars as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.