The Trackhouse Racing crew is one of NASCAR’s most astute commercial minds, providing more to the sport than simply excellent race goods. In order to strengthen both the reputation of the sport and NASCAR, Justin Marks has been developing a number of changes that are revolutionary.
In just two years of its NASCAR Cup Series journey, Trackhouse Racing has already made many indelible marks and has been one of the teams to beat this season. With its quick Chevrolet wowing the rest of the field, Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez must guide the Justin Marks–Pitbull-owned squad to three victories and many podia finish this season.
Trackhouse Racing’s prized treasure may be PROJECT91, the strategy proposed by Trackhouse Racing, which would make it easier for top-tier drivers from other series to enter the NASCAR Cup Series by giving them access to resources and the No. 91 Camaro ZL1. The project will kick off at Watkins Glen on the upcoming weekend with former F1 world champion with Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen taking the wheels for the team.
Soon after his arrival, the Iceman has been getting himself ready at the tracks of Virginia International Raceway in the Chevy test car and Trackhouse simulators, in the bid to get to know the sport much better though he has previous experience racing in the Xfinity and Truck series. Now Trackhouse Racing has put out a video in which Kimi is shown expressing his thoughts on the coming race and his test run.
Find out what Kimi Raikkonen had to say about his test runs and hopes for the Watkins Glen race
Talking about the car Kimi Raikkonen acknowledged that he doesn’t have anything to compare the car with but pointed out that he had a great experience in the laps he had run as it will be beneficial to do that even if it’s just for fun. He pointed out that it might get easier for him to understand the car better if he is to continue the training and stuff.
“I don’t know I don’t have anything to compare but I think it was nice to get some laps and even if it’s not exactly the same car going to race but it was very beneficial to just put laps and have some fun. And know what the car is somewhat doing so you know do longer ones and find out, so, I’m sure it’s a bit easier to go and practice come to the rest,” Kimi Raikkonen said.
Kimi Raikkonen went on to add that compared to his last experience in the cup car back in 2011 the Next-generation car is more or less what he expected and a lot nicer to drive. He points out just a sin the simulator that car shows normal traits such as losing the grip and sliding more when tire get’s hot.
“Um obviously I have a little experience with the cup car it was in 2011 so this car was a new generation car and is a lot nicer so because more or less what I expected. Obviously, I tried the simulator yesterday so I had some somewhat idea so it’s okay obviously it’s the same things that happen to it as normal cars when tires get hot you start sliding more but you know so far it’s pretty greater,” Kimi Raikkonen added.
Kimi Raikkonen went on to say that he is thankful to NASCAR for letting him have the test runs as it wouldn’t have been rational and effective for him to do sim races and then straight go to the 20 mis practice session at Watkins. He added he needs to be patient and wait and see what will happen on the race day.
“Yeah for sure as I said in the beginning without I don’t know maybe we did 50 laps or something today so without those and the simulator is for sure going into 20 minutes of practice and then qualifying would be a lot harder so at least we prepared as well as we could so thank NASCAR letting us you know have those fill-ups today. Still, you know have those fill-ups today and Um yeah we’ve done the best that we could and most that we can so we’ll see what we get in there was a new track for me, so we need to learn it but uh you know we’ll see what we can,” says Kimi Raikkonen.
He went on to add that he sure has some hope of getting a good result on Watkins at Sunday with the great group of individuals he is surrounded with though it is the first tine he is getting back in car after the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP F1 race.
“Yeah so far obviously the team did a great job really nice people all around and you know it’s been fun today and been in a car and you know I haven’t driven any race car since the last f1 rush so it was fun and hopefully we can get somewhat good results also come to the race,” added Kimi Raikkonen.
Will Kimi Raikkonen be able to put in an impressive performance at Watkins Glen?