Just when he thought he would be out, they dragged him inside again Kimi Rকikkেনnen will return to her racing suit less than a year after retiring from Formula 1 to race in this year’s NASCAR Cup Series event.
The seat will be offered to Finnish drivers by Project91, a program designed to allow international racing stars to participate in NASCAR. Rকikkেনnen, the first driver announced as part of the program, will be driving the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Watkins Glenn International Road Course on August 21, 2022.
Justin Marks, founder of Project91, said: “Kimi Rকikkেনnen is the driver I first thought of when we created PROJECT91. “Kimi is a world-renowned driver with talent and fan followers. We’ve had long discussions, and like us, he’s already working hard to prepare for Watkins Glenn.
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Kimi Rকikkেনnen. Watkins Glenn. Project 91.
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– PROJECT91 (THProject91) May 26, 2022
Rকikkেনnen has never driven a car in the NASCAR Cup Series before but has some experience with stock cars. He had previously competed in the 2011 ExxonMobil and Truck Series races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I didn’t want to race again, but Justin came to my house in Switzerland and convinced me how serious he was about putting together a top program,” Rোনikkেনnen said in a statement. “It will be fun, but it is something I will take very seriously. I know how competitive the NASCAR Cup Series is and it will be a big challenge. “
Project 91 is a program run by Trackhouse Entertainment Group, an initiative founded by former racer driver Justin Marks and Grammy Award-winning performer Pitbull. Trackhouse Racing is currently fielding cars for Daniel Suarez (No. 99) and Ross Chastain (No. 1) in the Cup Series, but its No. 91 car is reserved for international racing stars as a “way to open the door for global champions” to scale an internationally recognized racing brand. I’m starting the process, “Marx told the Associated Press.
Marx argued that Nexgen had flattened the learning curve of NASCAR’s progress enough to allow other series of international drivers to take the wheel. The move could pave the way for the sport, whose driver lineup is primarily American, as opposed to Indicar, which attracts talent from around the world.
While the idea seems appealing to the existing NASCAR arena, cup driver Ryan Blaney told the AP that it would be great for the sport but warned that it would still be a big challenge for Rykonen, known as Iceman. Adjust to drive a stock car.
“Yeah, Iceman,” Blaney said. “I’m a big fan and I’m glad to see him grow up and do F1 racing. I think that’s a great idea. “