NASCAR Team Interested in Daniel Ricciardo After Debut Kimi Raikkonen – FormulaNerds.com

With Daniel Ricciardo’s future uncertain, Team NASCAR has expressed interest in recruiting him to race.

Daniel Ricciardo’s champ, Dale Earnhard, took part in a NASCAR race. Could he follow in his footsteps? Credit: NASCAR / Jared C. Tilton

Daniel Ricciardo, to the chagrin of many fans, looks set to be without a seat for the 2023 season. He will no longer race for McLaren after his contract was terminated one year ago. All other free seats have plenty of suitors.

It has been reported that Ricciardo may consider taking a year off to become a reserve or test driver. He will then attempt to enter the sport for the 2024 season. This began after Ricciardo was heard talking to Sergio Perez at the Dutch Grand Prix saying he would “be back for 2024”.

Although Ricciardo’s Formula One options are becoming more and more limited, the opportunities in the wider world of motorsports present themselves.

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It’s no secret that Ricardo loves the United States. He’s always at his best when it comes to the US Grand Prix, and last year he was able to drive his own racing champ, Dale Earnhardt NASCAR around Kuta. Ricciardo, over the years, has also spoken about driving in NASCAR in interviews.

So if a seat in Formula One isn’t guaranteed, a seat in NASCAR could be a great option.

Can we see an entire season of Daniel Ricciardo in NASCAR?

Maybe not yet, but he could participate in a race…

Track House Project 91

Team Trackhouse, a NASCAR team owned by Trachouse Entertainment Group, has launched Project 91. Project 91 will be a part-time entry, where international drivers from all racing disciplines will have the opportunity to lead NASCAR. In the car 91 of course.

Team Kimi Raikkonen made his NASCAR debut in August and is looking to give other drivers the same opportunity.

More than 20 drivers from Formula 1, IndyCar etc. have expressed interest in driving the 91, but Trackhouse appears to be very interested in Daniel Ricciardo.

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Kimi Raikkonen raced in NASCAR this August of the summer. Credit: Trackhouse.com

It has been clarified that Trackhouse Entertainment Group co-owner Justin Marks has said Ricciardo is aware of their interest in him but will not continue until he has put him into Formula One.

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Project 91 was launched by Trackhouse in an effort to make NASCAR more popular with international audiences.

Their website quotes that the joint venture intends to expand its “international reach”.

Team Trackhouse, PROJECT91 and Kimi Raikkonen revitalized the intersection of NASCAR racing and global motorsport culture in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1… PROJECT91 is a program designed to push barriers and expand our international reach. “

It’s not certain if Daniel Ricciardo will seize this opportunity, however, it would be great for both Ricciardo fans and NASCAR fans to see this collaboration. NASCAR’s interest in Ricardo is reassuring for fans.

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