NASCAR: Kyle Larson to race full-time in Nationwide Series this season image

20-year-old Kyle Larson is headed straight to the Nationwide Series this year, bypassing the Truck series.

Just one year after he drove a stock car for the first time, the young driver has landed a full-time ride in the Nationwide Series. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing announced it is putting its development driver in a full-time Nationwide ride at Turner Scott Motorsports. The agreement is a multi-year deal that will give Larson as much time behind the wheel as possible. It also means Larson will bypass the lower-tier Camping World Truck Series, which is the usual stepping stone towards Nationwide Series.

Larson, last year’s K&N East Series champion, said he’s not worried about the pressure that will be on him. „I know I have a lot of pressure on me, but I try not to pay attention to it at all. Racing is what I love. It’s more of a hobby than anything,” the Californian with Japanese descent was quoted as saying by USA Today.

Although his experience is limited, Larson is backed by strong statistics. In addition to his K&N East title, he ran four Truck series races last season and had top-10s in three of them – including a runner-up finish at Phoenix. Larson could debut at Daytona later this month, but has yet to be approved by NASCAR to run on superspeedways.