Hendrick Motorsports introduced Wednesday that 19-yr-previous William Byron will drive its No. 5 Monster Power Collection Chevrolet starting with the 2018 season. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;

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Hendrick Motorsports introduced right now that 19-yr-previous William Byron will drive its No. 5 Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Chevrolet starting with the 2018 season.

He’ll substitute Kasey Kahne, who’s leaving the group on the finish of this yr. Sponsorship for Byron will come from Axalta Coating Methods and Liberty College, which at present help him within the NASCAR XFINITY Collection.

In 2016, Byron turned in probably the most profitable rookie season within the 22-yr historical past of the Tenting World Truck Collection with seven victories. This yr, the Charlotte, N.C., native progressed into the XFINITY Collection, the place he is earned three wins and ranks second within the common-season standings driving for JR Motorsports, a Hendrick Motorsports affiliate.

“It hasn’t sunk in but,” stated Byron, who will flip 20 on Nov. 29. “Mr. Hendrick has constructed such a terrific group. The individuals at Hendrick Motorsports have devoted their lives to giving their drivers one of the best probability to win each weekend. I’ve a duty to them to work arduous and put every part I’ve into this chance. They should know I’m all the time giving one hundred pc as a result of that’s what they do.

“Once I informed my mother and father I needed to drive racecars, they supported me and believed I might do it. With out them, there’s no approach this might be potential.”

Hendrick Motorsports signed Byron in August 2016. Subsequent season, he’ll be a part of drivers Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman as a member of the 4-automotive Cup Collection operation.

“At each step, William has confirmed how shortly he can adapt,” stated workforce proprietor Rick Hendrick. “Some drivers have uncooked expertise and a few have a robust work ethic. William has each. It’s spectacular to see a younger man who by no means will get rattled and instinctively is aware of tips on how to talk together with his staff. That degree of dedication, poise and pure means is uncommon at any age. I feel he’s simply scratching the floor.”

Axalta Coating Methods has been a Hendrick Motorsports company associate since 1992 and lately opened its state-of-the-artwork Buyer Expertise Middle on the workforce’s campus. Liberty College started its help of Byron in 2014 when he drove late fashions for JR Motorsports. Byron is a sophomore scholar working towards an undergraduate diploma in enterprise communications by means of the varsity’s on-line schooling program.