“Never thought of it in a million years”
Chase Briscoe, the driver of the #14 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, recently spoke about his upcoming battle against two former F1 drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button, in next week’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of the Americas. The event begins on March 26, 2023 at a 3.426 mile track in Austin, Texas.
Briscoe is very excited about the opportunity to compete against the F1 champions and looks forward to performing well in front of them. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver, who grew up in a small town of 3,000, “never thought in a million years” that he would get the chance to race against two former F1 champions.
Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 World Champion, will drive the #15 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing, prepared by Stewart-Haas Racing. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen has joined Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 program for a second time after making his Cup debut at Watkins Glen International last year.
In a recent interview, Briscoe said:
“Last year I did it in a kind of driver swap with Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen. They only ran about five laps apiece in the (Charlotte) Roval. They were within a second of what I was running at pretty much 100%.”
“Last year we came close to something where I would go to Brookyln and do a few laps in the Formula E car. I was lucky enough to drive the Ford Mach-E 1400 and feel 1,400 hp electric incredible.”
“I had a fantastic time in NASCAR” – Kimi Raikkonen
Speaking about his return to the NASCAR Cup Series, Kimi Raikkonen said he had a fantastic time last year as he learned a lot in a very short amount of time. He also said he returned to the track this year where he has had a level of familiarity and success.
“I had a fantastic time at NASCAR. There was a lot to learn in a very short time but everyone was very helpful. The competition was a big challenge. This time I get to ride on a track I’m familiar with, so the learning curve won’t be that steep. I want to have fun but also do as well as possible.”
See Kimi Raikkonen in action on Sunday 26th March 2023 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).