Kvyat “couldn’t see something cooler than NASCAR” after F1 departure

The ex-Pink Bull and Toro Rosso F1 racer will make his Cup Collection debut this weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Street Course, driving a second entry for the part-time organisation Staff Hezeberg.

The present plan is for Kvyat to run all three remaining street programs on the 2022 Cup schedule – Indy on Sunday, then at Watkins Glen on 21 August and the Charlotte Roval on 9 October.

“I wish to give loads of power to NASCAR now, to offer myself the most effective shot at turning into very aggressive,” he advised Autosport on Tuesday. “I wished to start out with one thing actually cool after my System 1 profession.

“After System 1, I couldn’t see something cooler than NASCAR, that’s for positive.”

In February, Kvyat signed for G-Drive Racing within the World Endurance Championship to make his debut within the sportscar enviornment together with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Nevertheless, the crew then pulled out following the FIA laying down standards for Russian opponents following the invasion of Ukraine, leaving him on the sidelines to this point in 2022.

Daniil Kvyat, Team Hezeberg

Daniil Kvyat, Staff Hezeberg

Within the few weeks that Kvyat, 28, has been in america, he has absolutely immersed himself within the NASCAR tradition.

He has turned laps in a Late Mannequin automobile at Hickory Motor Speedway with the assistance of driver/proprietor Josh Reaume, visited the NASCAR R&D Heart in Harmony to obtain his approval to compete, and hung out choosing up and delivering components within the Mooresville space as his crew assembled the #27 Toyota during which he’ll compete.

“NASCAR Cup Collection has a really wealthy historical past and is extraordinarily fashionable in america and in addition worldwide,” he mentioned. “I believe it has managed to take care of this superb stability between fashionable and old-school racing.

“It made me very curious to attempt it. It’s very robust racing. There are robust guys racing at a really excessive stage. For a couple of years I’ve been making an attempt to attempt it and eventually I obtained a chance right here.”

Kvyat, a local of Ufa, Russia, debuted in System 1 for Toro Rosso initially of the 2014 season, on the age of 19 years outdated. Following a profitable 2014 season, Kvyat was promoted to Pink Bull Racing for the 2015 season.

His first podium got here on the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix, turning into the second-youngest driver to assert a podium end at age 21. He continued within the Pink Bull driver program till 2020, ending his F1 profession at Alpine as a reserve driver in 2021.

Kvyat mentioned he is not only “testing the waters” with regards to a NASCAR profession – he plans to do no matter it takes to compete within the Cup Collection full-time.

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01

Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Photographs

“No matter I do, I attempt to do with the utmost aggressive method,” he mentioned. “I’m a aggressive individual and I wish to obtain robust outcomes right here.

“I’m open-minded to racing on the oval tracks and making an attempt to make this transition. I actually wish to race for the very best outcomes and someday struggle for the championship right here.”

Kvyat mentioned he has watched sufficient NASCAR occasions, whether or not in individual or on TV or YouTube movies, to know the Cup collection could be tough, notably on newcomers.

“I at all times was a giant fan of contact racing,” he mentioned. “I’ve by no means had points placing my elbows out and I don’t suppose I’d have any issues with that in NASCAR, both. I’m used to that – I sort of take pleasure in that.”

Whereas Kvyat mentioned he would “by no means say by no means” to a return to System 1, he believes at this stage of his profession he’s “fairly centered” on NASCAR.

“I believe there are loads of good issues I could make of it right here if I put my focus right here,” he mentioned. “In fact, what different alternatives may be in System 1, it may be open for dialogue. However proper now I’m making my NASCAR Cup debut and I’m giving all my power to that for the time being.”

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C38, leads Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso STR14

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C38, leads Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso STR14

Picture by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Photographs

Kvyat could have the chance to race towards one other former System 1 star at Watkins Glen, when 2007 F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen will make his Cup Collection debut. 

Raikkonen can be driving for Trackhouse Racing as a part of its Challenge 91 initiative, which is designed to draw high worldwide stars to NASCAR competitors.

“My outdated, outdated good friend,” Kvyat mentioned with fun. “I do know Kimi from System 1, clearly. He’s an attention-grabbing character. I’m fairly excited that each of us can be sharing the grid in NASCAR.

“I believe it’s nice for NASCAR to become involved an increasing number of internationally. With former System 1 names, it simply reveals how aggressive this collection is getting. He’s a good driver; a really robust driver.

“It’s going to be nice to see him once more there.”

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