Ganassi team signs open wheel standout Larson

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has signed 19-year-old racing standout Kyle Larson to a developmental contract, putting him on the path to a potential future in the Sprint Cup Series.

The Elk Grove, Calif., native won a total of 22 major professional feature races last season, including victories in the World of Outlaws sprint car series and all three United States Auto Club national divisions. Last fall, he swept the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, winning in three different styles of race car -- midgets, sprint cars and silver crown cars -- in the same night.

Larson is Japanese-American and will compete in the NASCAR East Series next season as a participant in NASCAR's diversity program.