The Bristol Dirt race and more has caught the attention of the Indycar driver
Ferrucci: “I wouldn’t mind trying a little bit of NASCAR.”
Santino Ferrucci could make his first NASCAR start if he had his wish for 2021.
In 2018, he was on a path to F1. However, several on-track issues and post-race contact caused a suspension from Formula 2.
The driver has spent the last two years running full-time in the Indycar Series for Dale Coyne Racing. He has a best finish of 4th, which he claimed three times.
Ferrucci first met Tony Stewart in 2009 during the helmet swap with Lewis Hamilton at Watkins-Glen International. He was 19 at the time.
Now, the 22-year-old is exploring racing options for 2021. One of those options is a part-time NASCAR ride.
Ferrucci has interest in NASCAR
“I’ve asked a couple of my friends in the industry for a little bit of advice going through,” Ferrucci told Racer, “but nothing at the moment.”
Regarding NASCAR, the Bristol Dirt race and the Charlotte Roval has his attention. He’s exploring options in both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series.
The dirt race at Bristol is brand new for 2021. For the first time since the 1970’s, the NASCAR Cup Series will race on the dirt.
“I’ve always had my eye (on NASCAR),” said Ferrucci.
“If you go back a bunch of years I used to go to a lot of races with Tony [Stewart’s] team, and it was always something I saw myself doing at one point in my career.
Ferrucci intends to remain a full-time Indycar Series driver in 2021. The team stated months prior they intend to keep the driver but a new contract has not yet been signed.
“I figured maybe the way everything went this year and the way everything goes for next year I wouldn’t mind trying a little bit of NASCAR. Obviously, not starting with necessarily an oval though.”
Ferrucci was previously a test and reserve driver for the Haas F1 Team. Haas F1 is owned by Gene Haas, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing.