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