NASCAR’s Kyle Larson wants to ‘bet’ Zak Brown for an F1 test : PlanetF1

NASCAR’s Kyle Larson wants to ‘bet’ Zak Brown for an F1 test : PlanetF1

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has said he wants to offer a “bet” to McLaren boss Zak Brown to test him in the Formula 1 car.

The McLaren CEO is known to hand out records to members of the Papaya family with Pato O’Ward, Alex Palou and Colton Herta all driving the 2021 car at various times last season. Even Mario Andretti was seen in the car during a runout before the United States Grand Prix.

But now it looks like another driver will be knocking on his door with NASCAR’s Larson saying he’d be willing to make a “bet.”

The 30-year-old was recently announced as a McLaren driver for the 2023 Indy 500 and apparently wants a similar offer to those who have previously driven for the team.

“No, not yet,” he told Race’s IndyCar podcast when asked if he had spoken to Brown about F1. “Right now I’m just hoping to get passes for the Vegas f1 race! That’s kind of all I care about.

“I would like [test an F1 car] I haven’t told him yet. But yeah, maybe that’s something I have to bet him I guess, but it would be so cool if I could get the chance to test an F1.

Larson’s ambitions didn’t stop there and he admitted he would also like to race in F1 one day.

“But honestly, if I could race in Formula 1 one day it would be amazing. It’s probably not realistic but heck, who knows? I mean I would love it and it would be a great opportunity.

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The arrival of 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Larson for the Indy 500 is another example of McLaren stepping up their efforts in IndyCar with Brown admitting the North American market was high on their list.

“North America is the answer,” Brown said. “When we look at what excites our fans, where we sell our beautiful road cars, and what our business partners want, when it comes to market penetration, North America tops the list.

“When we started our adventure not so long ago, Formula 1 was not very popular in North America. It’s amazing what happened in such a short time.

“A lot thanks to Drive to Survive, the Netflix show, but we felt we wanted to have a bigger presence in North America than any other Formula 1 team. We’re the only team in IndyCar and that’s really to meet the needs of our fans, employees and partners in a very important market.

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