Kyle Larson Indy 500-NASCAR final results: Rain ruins Hendrick Motorsports’ star’s chance at the ‘Double’

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Hendrick Motorsports’ starlet Kyle Larson.

The Cup Series standout has a resume few motorsports can equal up to. What he didn’t have, prior to today, was an appearance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500.

Over the course of a few hours, he changed that narrative.

Larson impressed for much of the day at Indianapolis, racing into the top six before a speeding penalty on pit road relegated him to an 18th-place finish.

He was not, however, able to complete the vaunted “Double.” Larson saw his day at Charlotte end before it even got started. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, per se. Rather, Mother Nature left her wretched fingertips on both the Brickyard and Charlotte Motor Speedway, delaying the former’s event and halting the latter’s at the exact moment she arrived on the scene.

Things were about as unpredictable as could be for Larson, one of motorsports’ universal stars. He fell from sixth to 14th after upshifting too much on the race’s first restart.

Still, Larson kept his composure. And after a series of wrecks and subsequent cautions, Larson found his way through the mire. It didn’t last in the end. But he certainly made quite the impression on open wheels. Luckily for race fans, he seems interested in running it back this time next year, too.

The Sporting News tracked live updates from Larson’s attempt at the Indy 500-Coca-Cola 600 double. Follow below to see all of Larson’s toolkit as he attempted to conquer two of motorsports’ greatest challenges.

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Kyle Larson Indy 500 results

ndy 500 results

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden won the Indy 500 for the second time in his career after passing Pato O’Ward on the final lap. He became the sixth driver to win back-to-back editions of the race.

Position Driver
1 Josef Newgarden
2 Pato O’Ward
3 Scott Dixon
4 Alexander Rossi
5 Alex Palou
6 Scott McLaughlin
7 Kyle Kirkwood
8 Santino Ferrucci
9 Rinus Veekay
10 Conor Daly
11 Callum Ilott
12 Christian Rasmussen
13 Christian Lundgaard
14 Takuma Sato
15 Graham Rahal
16 Sting Ray Robb
17 Ed Carpenter
18 Kyle Larson
19 Romain Grosjean
20 Helio Castroneves
21 Kyffin Simpson
22 Agustin Canapino
23 Colton Herta
24 Will Power
25 Marco Andretti
26 Ryan Hunter-Reay
27 Felix Rosenqvist
28 Linus Lundqvist
29 Katherine Legge
30 Marcus Armstrong
31 Tom Blomqvist
32 Marcus Ericsson
33 Pietro Fittipaldi

Kyle Larson Coca-Cola 600 results

Larson didn’t end up participating in the Coca-Cola 600. Despite arriving at the track partway through the third stage, he was unable to actually take part in the event; the race was halted and called off early due to inclement weather.

Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR results

Finish Driver Car Number Car Make
1 Christopher Bell 20 Toyota
2 Brad Keselowski 6 Ford
3 William Byron 24 Chevrolet
4 Tyler Reddick 45 Toyota
5 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota
6 Ty Gibbs 54 Toyota
7 Chase Elliott 9 Chevrolet
8 Ross Chastain 1 Chevrolet
9 Alex Bowman 48 Chevrolet
10 Josh Berry 4 Ford
11 Bubba Wallace 23 Toyota
12 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Toyota
13 Justin Allgaier* 5 Chevrolet
14 Joey Logano 22 Ford
15 Kyle Busch 8 Chevrolet
16 Michael McDowell 34 Ford
17 Todd Gilliland 38 Ford
18 Daniel Hemric 31 Ford
19 Erik Jones 43 Toyota
20 Austin Cindric 2 Ford
21 Carson Hocevar 77 Chevrolet
22 Justin Haley 51 Ford
23 Chris Buescher 17 Ford
24 Daniel Suarez 99 Chevrolet
25 Chase Briscoe 14 Ford
26 Ryan Preece 41 Ford
27 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet
28 Shane Van Gisbergen 16 Chevrolet
29 Jimmie Johnson 84 Toyota
30 John Hunter Nemechek 42 Toyota
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 Chevrolet
32 Harrison Burton 21 Ford
33 Zane Smith 71 Chevrolet
34 Kaz Grala 15 Ford
35 Corey LaJoie 7 Chevrolet
36 Ty Dillon 50 Chevrolet
37 BJ McLeod 66 Ford
38 Noah Gragson 10 Ford
39 Ryan Blaney 12 Ford
40 JJ Yeley 44 Chevrolet

*Allgaier was Hendrick Motorsports’ replacement driver for Larson while he was absent.

Kyle Larson live updates, results, highlights from Indy 500-NASCAR double

(All times Eastern.)

11:30 p.m.: Larson’s return is no more! NASCAR calls the race despite desperate attempts to dry the track. Christopher Bell, the race leader when the red flag was waved, has been declared the winner.

10:05 p.m.: One of the cooler images in recent NASCAR history, I’d reckon. Allgaier and Larson got a chance to chop it up while under rain delay:

10:00 p.m.: Return of the ‘G.’

9:55 p.m.: Here’s a closer look at Larson’s return to the his typical stock car digs:

9:45 p.m.: As to be expected, Larson will return to the cockpit if the race were to resume. He will, however, drop to the back of the pack due to the driver change.

9:30 p.m.: And…we’ve hit a delay. Looks like Larson could’ve waited a little longer to get there, after all. We’ll see how long this lasts.

9:25 p.m.: Larson hath returned! The Hendrick Motorsports star is on the track after taking car, then helicopter, then plane, then helicopter from the Brickyard to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

9:20 p.m.: Allgaier is expected to relinquish control of the No. 5 car at the end of the third stage. Remember folks, there are four stages in tonight’s race, not the usual trifecta. Allgaier currently sits in 13th place.

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9:10 p.m.: Larson is nearly at Concord. Should be in the area within minutes:

8:45 p.m.: Larson is slated to touch down in Concord, North Carolina around 9:20 p.m. ET.

7:55 p.m.: Off to Charlotte we go…

7:50 p.m.: Larson looks prepared to return to the Brickyard this time in 2025, as well.

7:48 p.m.: Newgarden takes the throne at Indianapolis…again. His second victory at the iconic site in 12 months. As for Larson, he finishes a distant 18th. Solid run, although his chances at the crown were scuppered by a speeding penalty on pit road. All in all, though, the Hendrick Motorsports star showed he can make the grade in the world of open-wheel racing.

7:35 p.m.: After taking to pit road, Larson tumbles down the race standings. 15 laps to go and it’s reigning champion Josef Newgarden atop the totem pole.

7:32 p.m.: Larson currently leads with 18 laps to go. However, there’s a caveat: he hasn’t yet pitted. All the active race leaders are working their way up the ladder after strolling into pit road for their final push.

7:16 p.m.: The restarts are getting more and more intimidating. Feels like we’re on the precipice of a major collision. 40 laps to go. The clock is ticking, as well.

7:11 p.m.: Race to the finish now. Will Power’s wreck reshuffled the deck entirely. Drivers should be on the same pit strategy. For Larson, that means taking the wave around, returning to the lead lap and seeing what happens from there.

6:58 p.m.: Larson just went a lap down. He won’t be winning the 2024 Indy 500.

6:53 p.m.: After climbing into the top-five, Larson finally wobbled; he suffers a drive-through penalty after speeding too fast into pit road. He goes from fifth to P22. Still 60 laps or so to get back into it, however.

6:42 p.m.: Strong competition between Larson and Spanish star Alex Palou, who sits in fifth place. At present, it’s Palou who is keeping his spot. Track temperature is dropping, however. Driving conditions could make things quite unusual here.

6:28 p.m.: Larson is now up to sixth (!!!) after another steady stream of pit stops in the aftermath of Ryan Hunter Reay’s spin out into the infield grass.

6:21 p.m.: Tonight’s race at the Brickyard is now official, having just crossed the 100-lap threshold.

6:19 p.m.: Larson supplants Rossi for P8. Among drivers to use the primary pit strategy, Larson sits in the top-five. He’s the best-performing rookie, as well. Really solid day at the office for Hendrick Motorsports’ crown jewel talent.

6:15 p.m.: The latest restart places Larson in P9. He hasn’t been able to climb much higher than that so far. There’s still 105 laps to go, however. Plenty of time to make some stuff shake.

6:06 p.m.: CAUTION! Colton Herta, who sat in third-place, went spiraling towards the wall to bring out the canary emblem. Didn’t look like he incurred all that much damage. But he hopped out the cockpit, prompting the flatbed truck to remove his chariot. His race is over.

6:05 p.m.: Larson’s up to eighth. He’s trailing a fellow rookie, Christian Rasmussen, who sits in seventh.

5:54 p.m.: Larson still holding firm in 10th as we reach Lap 70 of tonight’s race. We’ve got 130 laps to go. Robb has returned to the front, outpacing McLaughlin by about half-a-second. However, Robb’s team is on a different pit strategy to that of McLaughlin’s. He’ll have to return to pit road sooner than the Team Penske star.

5:43 p.m.: Larson retains his place in P9 after the latest pit stop cycle. Some serious action took place in front of him, however. Alexander Rossi sped past Scott McLaughlin on pit road to earn the top spot ahead of the next race restart out of Rosenqvist’s caution.

5:40 p.m.: CAUTION! It’s another Honda that goes swirling. This time, it’s Felix Rosenqvist who suffers the fate of six other drivers.

5:38 p.m.: Larson is starting to close the gap. He’s 0.2 seconds short of O’Ward as cars begin to steam into pit road.

5:36 p.m.: It seems that pit stops are approaching for those who opted to refuel earlier. Larson is among those set to return to sender sooner rather than alter. We’re about two laps away from the point at which drivers would be expected to make their way to pit road (Lap 54).

5:30 p.m.: Larson has climbed all the way up to ninth. However, there’s some distance between him and eighth-place Pato O’Ward. There’s about a two second difference between the two.

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5:16 p.m.: Yet another rookie drops out. This time, it’s Linus Lundqvist. Wobbled towards the wall after getting loose on the bottom of the track.

5:13 p.m.: Larson gains two spots on pit road. Hendrick tends to take care of business when their cars come in during those fleeting intermissions between track action.

5:10 p.m.: Katharine Legge, the only woman in today’s field, heads to pit road after her car began release plumes os smoke. She might suffer a similar fate to Armstrong.

5:04 p.m: Helio Castroneves displaces Larson for P13. The four-time Indy 500 champion is quite the person to have in front of you, however. Perhaps Larson, a relative IndyCar upstart, could learn a thing or two from is adversary.

5:01 p.m.: Larson lost his positioning after falling behind his competitors on the latest green flag restart. After starting the day in fifth, he dropped all the way to 14th. Looks like he upshifted too drastically. However, the restart is reportedly under review.

4:59 p.m.: Another rookie — Marcus Armstrong — is knocked out of Sunday’s race after his car began spitting gas on pit road. Four drivers have seen their dreams of an Indy 500 title come crashing down. And we haven’t even completed a full race lap.

4:47 p.m.: CAUTION! Former Indy 500 champion (and last year’s runner-up) Marcus Ericsson collides with rookie Tom Blomqvist after the Englishman lost his grip on the concrete. Not even one lap down and his day is likely over.

4:45 p.m.: And we’re off for the start of the Indianapolis 500! Green flag is waved here at the Brickyard!

4:30 p.m.: Tonight’s race at IMS will end at 500 miles or 8:15 p.m., whichever comes first. Worth noting for Larson purposes, if nothing else. For the sake of his Coca-Cola 600 chances, he’ll be hoping it’s the former.

4:20 p.m.: Numerous Hendrick Motorsports luminaries are on the terraces, including four-time Cup Champion (and racing icon) Jeff Gordon. He’s taking it all in.

4:10 p.m.: Plenty of interest in Larson’s attempt at glory within the concourses of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All eyes are on the No. 17 for this one.

4 p.m.: Larson is still on pace to finish the Coca-Cola 600, per NBC’s broadcast.

3:47 p.m. — Here’s the full revised schedule for the Indy 500, including the start time and pre-race ceremonies:

3:20 p.m. — The Indy 500 has a new start time of 4:44 p.m. ET. Track drying is ongoing, but if all goes well, IMS hopes to begin the race at that time and get it in before more rain arrives later in the evening.

3 p.m. — Larson is planning to stay and run the Indy 500, as Jeff Gluck of The Athletic reports. He will miss the start of the Coca-Cola 600 and will need a playoff waiver from NASCAR to compete in the postseason.

Odds are that Larson wouldn’t run the Indy 500 without knowing he could get the waiver, so NASCAR seems unlikely to bar its points leader from the postseason.

2:24 p.m. — If Larson decides to race in the Indy 500 and can’t make it to the Coca-Cola 600, Justin Allgaier would be his backup driver. Given the rain in Indianapolis, it seems like Allgaier may get a chance to race in Charlotte on Sunday.

2:04 p.m. — The gates at IMS have reopened as lightning has cleared the area surrounding the track. Track drying will soon begin, and that may put the race on track for a 4 p.m. ET start.

1:24 p.m. — It’s looking like the rain will be over by 2 p.m. ET. Brian Neudorff — who provides weather forecast analysis on X (formerly Twitter) — estimates the race will start some time between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

If accurate, that would end Larson’s dreams of pulling off the double, as he’d need to leave Indianapolis around 4 p.m. ET to make it to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600.

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12:52 p.m. — It’s pouring in Indianapolis. Even if the storm doesn’t last long, the chances of Larson pulling off the double are evaporating, as the track will need time to dry once the rain stops.

12:40 p.m. — Lightning has officially been detected in the area near Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That will further delay the race and will make it that much harder for Larson to pull off “The Double” on Sunday.

12:08 p.m. — It doesn’t sound like Larson is too worried about the delay at the Indy 500. He is planning to race at IMS no matter what, as he told NBC during its pre-race coverage:

“I think our plan is to keep this as the priority,” Larson said. “I would be here racing.”

Larson went on to say that he was “kinda bummed” about the rain though, as he wants it either to wash out the race or not come at all.

“I would say worst-case scenario is happening, which is just a bummer more than anything,” he added. “But yeah, we’ll get to get on track at least in something today, so that’s exciting.”

11:52 a.m. — The start of the 2024 Indy 500 has been delayed by lightning in the area. It isn’t yet clear when the race will begin, but Larson’s window to travel from Indianapolis to Charlotte will certainly shrink. It’s just a question of how long the delay will last.

11:15 a.m. — Larson’s efforts to complete “The Double” could be hindered by rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track is monitoring a storm cell approaching the track around noon, and that could impact the event’s scheduled 12:45 p.m. ET start time.

The race has not yet been delayed, but if it is, Larson’s window to get from Indianapolis to Charlotte after the Indy 500 would presumably shrink. The good news is that after the noon cell, the heavier rain in Indianapolis is expected to hold off until later in the night, so IMS may be able to get the race in.

Kyle Larson Indy 500 results

Indy 500 results will be posted at the conclusion of Sunday’s race at the Brickyard.

LIVE: Follow Indy 500 leaderboard updates from 2024 race

Kyle Larson Coca-Cola 600 results

Coca-Cola 600 results will be posted at the conclusion of Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

How to watch the Indy 500

  • Time: 12:45 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live streams: NBC Sports | Peacock | Fubo

Coverage of the 2024 Indy 500 starts at 11 a.m. ET on NBC. Drivers will be introduced at 11:47 a.m., “God Bless America” will be sung at 12:21 p.m., the national anthem will be sung at 12:24 p.m. and “Back Home Again in Indiana” will be sung at 12:36 p.m. ET. At 12:38 p.m., Roger Penske will give the command to start engines. Seven minutes later, the green flag will be waved to start the race.

Those hoping to watch the race can find it on NBC. It will also be streamed on NBC Sports, Peacock and Fubo, which offers a free trial.

How to watch NASCAR at Charlotte

  • Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live streams: Fubo

The broadcast of the 2024 iteration of the Coca-Cola 600 begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Fox. Mike Joy will be on the call for all the race’s lap-by-lap action. He’ll be joined by former Cup Series stars Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

Cable-cutters, do not fear! The race will also be offered on Fubo, which offers a free trial.

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