Kyle Larson, a 21-year-old racing prodigy from California, will move up to NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series next year with the team
Larson, currently in his rookie year in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series, will replace
EGR, led by veteran team owner Chip Ganassi, declined comment. But the team has scheduled a news conference Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of the next Cup race, where Larson's ride is expected to be announced.
The team earlier this month declined to re-sign Montoya, 37, a former
A Japanese American from Elk Grove, Calif., Larson already has been under contract with EGR as a developmental driver.
He's currently eighth in the Nationwide point standings and, although he hasn't won a Nationwide race yet, he has 13 top-10 finishes in 23 races this season.
Before moving to stock-car racing last year, Larson had excelled racing midget cars, sprints and other open-wheel cars on dirt and paved tracks.
He's drawn high praise from such NASCAR champions as