Kyle Larson to make Cup debut in Charlotte

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It was only a matter of time before Kyle Larson would make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

Larson, who will replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in 2014, will drive the No. 51 Target Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at Charlotte and Martinsville in a few weeks. Larson does not have the opportunity to race in the No. 42 this year as Montoya is committed to the team for the rest of the season.

Larson currently drives for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the move is a natural one given Harry Scott Jr. has taken over operations of James Finch’s team.

“There’s an opportunity here, and he’s a great driver, and he’s obviously the No. 1 pick as said by many other people besides myself,” Chip Ganassi said of Larson when he announced the prodigious 21-year-old as Montoya’s replacement. “Nobody deserves a shot more than he does.”

Justin Allgaier had been announced for Charlotte and Talladega originally, so this changes one of those two planned starts.

Larson is the latest driver in the revolving door of the No. 51, following Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Mike Bliss, Austin Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Owen Kelly, Bobby Labonte, Regan Smith, Ryan Truex and Jacques Villeneuve.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”