The iconic Pagoda Plaza at Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the kickoff press conference unveiling “Hendrick 1100,” a fan-centric celebration of NASCAR champion Kyle Larson’s attempt to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day -- May 26, 2024.
Livestreamed at HendrickCars.com, IMS.com and hosted by Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles, Larson was joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and Arrow McLaren race director Gavin Ward to reveal two very special “Hendrick 1100” HendrickCars.com paint schemes. The matching liveries are not only eye catching, but emblematic as well. It combines the traditional HendrickCars.com blue with Arrow McLaren’s eye-catching papaya on the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s No. 17 HendrickCars.com Arrow McLaren Chevrolet IndyCar and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Hendrick 1100 Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR Cup Series entries, respectively.
Hendrick 1100 is an effort to go beyond the traditional “double.” Unified through HendrickCars.com, fans will be able to participate in this unrivaled moment through matching racecars, special events, crossover merchandise and behind-the-scenes content, with a few surprises along the way.
This partnership represents the best of the best, where Mr. Hendrick has brought together the winningest team in NASCAR, a storied and successful IndyCar operation, and a talented, championship winning driver for a day of shared competition supported by HendrickCars.com. Having just completed a successful Le Mans 24 with the innovative “Garage 56” project this past June, Mr. Hendrick talked about Larson’s Indianapolis 500 effort earlier this year – another “bucket list” item for the NASCAR Hall of Famer. Larson’s IndyCar entry is co-owned by Rick Hendrick in partnership with the McLaren Racing Indy Car program.
“Having the opportunity to support Kyle, partner with an elite team like Arrow McLaren and promote HendrickCars.com in one of the world’s great auto racing events is truly unique,” said Mr. Hendrick, who is working closely with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown on the single-entry investment. “All of us are competitors. Putting Kyle in top-level equipment and allowing ample time for him to prepare for such a difficult challenge was important. It’s going to be very, very special to field a Chevrolet in the Indy 500 as a car owner. A collaboration like this was what we needed to make it happen, and fortunately, the stars aligned. We’re 100% committed to doing it right and look forward to working with Zak and his organization.”
“I’m super excited,’ said Larson, during the inaugural announcement. “Competing at the Indianapolis 500 is a dream of mine and something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time – since I was a child before I ever began competing in sprint cars. To do it with McLaren and Mr. Hendrick especially is a dream come true. I’m grateful for the opportunity and am really looking forward to it even though it’s still about a year-and-a-half away. I’m really looking forward to competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 and maybe even get a win or two that day.”
Fans can become part of Hendrick 1100 by ordering their limited edition merchandise today, which includes special two-car collector sets featuring Kyle Larson’s No. 17 IndyCar and No. 5 NASCAR Cup Series race cars. To pre-order special diecast cars commemorating the day, click the Hendrick 1100 banner below.
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