Trackhouse Racing Team’s confirmation of the first driver for their PROJECT91 NASCAR Cup Series program driver did not disappoint.
On Tuesday, Trackhouse Entertainment Group announced a new program called PROJECT91, which is designed to expand the international reach of Trackhouse Racing Team by fielding a third NASCAR Cup Series entry for “renowned international racing drivers” in select races.
That third entry, the #91 Chevrolet, is set to be fielded alongside the team’s two full-time entries, the #1 Chevrolet for Ross Chastain and the #99 Chevrolet for Daniel Suarez.
The car is only set to make one appearance in the 2022 season’s final 23 races, but that appearance has now been confirmed.
And so has the driver.
Just like pretty much everything about the Justin Marks and Pitbull-owned team since they joined the Cup Series last year, this announcement did not disappoint.
2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is set to be the first driver of the #91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and he is set to drive it in the race at Watkins Glen International in August.
Raikkonen, a 21-time Grand Prix winner, retired from Formula 1 after the 2021 season as the sport’s most experienced driver of all-time.
He also took two years away from Formula 1 in 2010 and 2011. In May 2011, he competed in both the Xfinity (then Nationwide) Series race and the Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He finished those two races in 27th and 15th place, respectively.
Now he is set to compete in a Cup Series race, and he is set to do so with a team capable of winning.
Chastain has won twice this year, and the first of those two wins was the first win of his Cup Series career. It came in the first Cup Series road course race of the season at Circuit of the Americas.
While the 20-turn, 3.427-mile (5.515-kilometer) Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas is not exactly similar to the eight-turn, 2.454-mile (3.949-kilometer) Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, New York, they are both road courses, and there are only six of those on the 36-race Cup Series schedule.
It goes without saying that Raikkonen is a driver with a proven ability to win on road courses.
The Go Bowling at The Glen is set to be broadcast live on USA Network from Watkins Glen International beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 21.