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Lapping in NASCAR with an F1 World Champion, hooning a Dodge Challenger, and the future of car shows isn’t Monterey Car Week?

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Did you tune in to see Kimi Räikkönen’s NASCAR debut? Or were you fixated on the climax of Monterey Car Week? It’s been a busy few days in the world of cars, but the real highlight might have come from an unexpected place far from California.

🥶 • The Iceman returns. From the moment he was pictured hopping out of a NASCAR wearing shorts and a T-Shirt to some solid on-track battles and finally his post-race interview after an impossible-to-avoid incident caught him out of a strong race…former Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen has been the talk of NASCAR.

Trackhouse Racing, a team in the American series has been working on a special Project91 entry in the hopes of attracting more international talent to compete in one-off races like at Watkins Glen this past weekend. On Twitter at least, both Marcus Ericsson and Jenson Button have raised their hands as being interested in competing in NASCAR.

Ask fans, media, and drivers: Project91 seems to be a solid success so far…despite Kimi’s failure to finish the race.

From hoodies to flags, mini boxing gloves and “Leave Me Alone” sport socks, at least we’re able to properly commiserate the DNF on lap 45 with merch until the Iceman returns in search of a trophy.

Yes, these are actual socks you can buy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

🥵 • I know, I know: cars slammed down to their rockers doesn’t appeal to you, you don’t vape, and perhaps have even said “stock is best” once or twice. But ILB Driver’s Club 1 has put together a banger worthy of your time.

Thing is, this is a better promo than anything the Monterey Car Week has dreamt up. It’s also a better film than anything shot in 2022 by Insert Any Supercar Vlogger Name Here.

Beginning with a short (hype) intro, the “Official Aftermovie” follows star cars to, from, and around the event at Wrocław Stadium in Wrocław, Poland.

Part music video, promo clip, amateur drifting film, and drone highlight reel tightly rolled into one, I think this upload hits all the high notes—minus the Definitely Not Staged dance-off beside a slammed 6-door W140 Mercedes-Benz.

In the end, what elevates and strengthens car culture? Is it allowing more people to experience the gate-kept air of Monterey Car Week? Or the dozens of grassroots “tuner” shows around the world already open to all?

I don’t care how many 1,000+ horsepower hypercars get released in a given year: the future of cars has more in common with Ultrace than Pebble Beach.

Ultrace 2022 - Official Aftermovie • ILB Drivers Club

1 ILB Driver’s Club = formerly just ‘I Love Bass’, as in the thump that shakes rumps

For something (in my opinion) more watchable than most official videos, check out a channel like Tron 1, who pretty much just walked around Monterey Car Week while holding his camera. The people-watching is epic. Start at the Concours d’Lemons.

The Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. A closed touge course. Apart from cooking the brakes and nearly losing the car(!), it takes a different level of skill to be able to hustle a big ol’ American muscle car at speed on a road like this.

For what it’s worth, DK claims in the comments that the car handled better than his ’90s-era NASCAR did! Maximum attack, bravo. 👏

【公式】土屋圭市、再び!ダッジチャレンジヤーSRTヘルキャット @ グンサイ!! Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Red Eye Wide Body • DRIFT KING TELEVISION

Tomorrow: hypercar roundup. I was going to include them in today’s newsletter, but instead will dedicate part of lunchbox 37 to the most salient points & interesting content, now that we’ve had a few days post-Pebble. -mb
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Lincoln L100, Acura Precision EV, keeping up with the Czinger 21C V Max and what’s the problem with Porsche?