CHARLOTTE, N.C. — official release — Sarah Glenn/Getty Images North America photo — Kyle Larson has a lot on his plate this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He’s racing in tonight’s NC Drive For The Cure 300 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and then he’ll climb aboard his Target Chevrolet to compete in Saturday’s Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race.
But there was one more thing that Kyle had on his to-do list this weekend, and it shocked 17-year-old Christian Keoleian in a pretty special way.
Christian is a Make-A-Wish recipient from Clemmons, N.C. Target, Larson’s primary sponsor, teamed with Nature’s Made for Kyle’s Nationwide Series effort this weekend and put this program together. Nature’s Made is donating a portion of the proceeds from every bottle of “Kids First Vitamins” they sell to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Christian thought he was just going to be brought to the track to attend the race and meet Larson. But Kyle had other ideas. He told Christian that he would be hanging with him throughout the race day and riding with him in the truck around the track during driver introductions.
Then it got even better. Christian will also be going to Daytona next February to meet Larson there.
More than a little amazed at what was going on around him, Christian said, “I did not expect any of this. I’m feeling really excited. It’s great to be here.”
For his part, Larson was happy to have the opportunity to give back.
“It’s nice to be able to do this,” the young racer said. “To have Christian here and surprise him, and see the smile on his face, that’s what it’s all about. It’s been neat so far and we’ll get to hang out a little more. Just seeing them excited to be here at Charlotte and come to the race makes you feel really good.”