Larson is an extraordinary talent in a race car, but when it comes to the way he travels, he’s more relatable to the rest of us.
“Yeah, I fly commercial as much as I can and fly with the team,” Larson said. “That’s a lot of money to be private flying, especially to the West Coast. I’m cheap with my money when it comes to flying. And, I like to rack up the miles so I can maybe get some free trips.”
Larson admitted more people recognize him at the airport now that he has two Monster Energy Series wins under his belt and a threat to win on a regular basis.
“They recognize me just a little bit. I’m better now,” Larson said.
For a while, Larson flew coach. But the frugal 24-year-old figured it was finally time to break down and at least fly at the front of the plane.
“I’ll purchase a first class ticket now,” said Larson. “But, a couple of years ago, I know (Ricky) Stenhouse and Danica (Patrick), obviously she’s a very wealthy person, but she doesn’t understand why I would purchase a coach ticket when coach is $120 versus first class being $500.
“I’m going to save that money,” he added. “But now, I fly first class. And, too, Owen (his son) is older than 2 years now, so you have to purchase him a seat, which really stinks.”
Larson also shared that he actually likes commercial flying over the Chip Ganassi Racing team bird.
“I’ll fly commercial as much as I can, especially the west coast stuff,” Larson said. “I think commercial is better. The team plane, you have to stop for fuel. No Wi-Fi. Commercial’s not bad.”
Despite a more expensive first class ticket that Larson is hesitant to purchase, he’s still able to save a few pennies by skipping out on the airplane snacks.
“I sleep,” he said. “Sleep is more important than those.”