NASCAR star Chase Briscoe Considers Racing with F1 Drivers Unimaginable

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Growing up in a town of 3,000 people, Chase Briscoe “never thought in a million years” that one day he would race against two Formula One champions. However, he will get the opportunity at the Circuit of the Americas on March 26 when Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen will be in the NASCAR Cup field.

Button is driving a Rick Ware Racing Ford prepared by Stewart-Haas Racing, while Raikkonen is making his second appearance in Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91.

Briscoe is anxious to see how Button prepares for a race and believes he will “bring a lot to the table” on the road course side “as far as things to look for and maximize.”

“Last year, I kind of did that in a driver swap with Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen,” Briscoe said. “They only ran like five laps a piece at the (Charlotte) Roval. They were within a second of what I was running at pretty much 100%.”

Even though Briscoe has raced Sprint Cars and Midgets, he’s never competed on a road course in an open-wheel car and that’s on his bucket list. Briscoe’s sponsor Mahindra is also involved with a Formula E team and that’s a possibility for the Mitchell, Ind., native.

“Last year, we were actually close to a thing where I was going to go to Brookyln and run some laps in the Formula E car,” Briscoe said. “I’ve been fortunate to drive the Ford Mach-E 1400, and to feel 1,400 horsepower electric was unbelievable.”