The ex-Crimson Bull and Toro Rosso F1 racer will make his Cup Series debut this weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Highway Course, driving a second entry for the part-time organisation Crew 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 a whole lot of vitality to NASCAR now, to offer myself the very best shot at turning into very aggressive,” he instructed Autosport on Tuesday. “I needed to start out with one thing actually cool after my Components 1 profession.
“After Components 1, I couldn’t see something cooler than NASCAR, that’s for certain.”
In February, Kvyat signed for G-Drive Racing within the World Endurance Championship to make his debut within the sportscar area together with the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Nevertheless, the workforce then pulled out following the FIA laying down standards for Russian opponents following the invasion of Ukraine, leaving him on the sidelines to date in 2022.
Daniil Kvyat, Crew Hezeberg
Within the few weeks that Kvyat, 28, has been in the US, 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 frolicked selecting up and delivering components within the Mooresville space as his workforce assembled the #27 Toyota wherein he’ll compete.
“NASCAR Cup Collection has a really wealthy historical past and is extraordinarily fashionable in the US and likewise worldwide,” he mentioned. “I feel 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 powerful racing. There are powerful guys racing at a really excessive degree. For just a few years I’ve been making an attempt to attempt it and eventually I bought a possibility right here.”
Kvyat, a local of Ufa, Russia, debuted in Components 1 for Toro Rosso at first of the 2014 season, on the age of 19 years previous. Following a profitable 2014 season, Kvyat was promoted to Crimson Bull Racing for the 2015 season.
His first podium got here on the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix, turning into the second-youngest driver to say a podium end at age 21. He continued within the Crimson Bull driver program till 2020, ending his F1 profession at Alpine as a reserve driver in 2021.
Kvyat mentioned he isn’t just “testing the waters” in relation to a NASCAR profession – he plans to do no matter it takes to compete within the Cup Collection full-time.
Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01
Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
“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 at some point combat 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 sequence could be tough, notably on newcomers.
“I all the time 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 might have any issues with that in NASCAR, both. I’m used to that – I type of take pleasure in that.”
Whereas Kvyat mentioned he would “by no means say by no means” to a return to Components 1, he believes at this stage of his profession he’s “fairly centered” on NASCAR.
“I feel there are a whole lot of good issues I could make of it right here if I put my focus right here,” he mentioned. “In fact, what different alternatives is likely to be in Components 1, it may be open for dialogue. However proper now I’m making my NASCAR Cup debut and I’m giving all my vitality to that in the intervening time.”
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C38, leads Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso STR14
Picture by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images
Kvyat may have the chance to race in opposition to one other former Components 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 Mission 91 initiative, which is designed to draw prime worldwide stars to NASCAR competitors.
“My previous, previous pal,” Kvyat mentioned with fun. “I do know Kimi from Components 1, clearly. He’s an fascinating character. I’m fairly excited that each of us can be sharing the grid in NASCAR.
“I feel it’s nice for NASCAR to become involved an increasing number of internationally. With former Components 1 names, it simply exhibits how aggressive this sequence is getting. He’s a good driver; a really robust driver.
“It’s going to be nice to see him once more there.”