Indy 500 ‘positively one thing I must attempt’ – Magnussen
Former Haas F1 and present Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kevin Magnussen was a shock visitor on pit lane as apply for the a hundred and fifth Indianapolis 500 commenced on Tuesday.
Coming off a disheartening run to fifth in school on Sunday on the Mid-Ohio IMSA race, the Dane selected to elevate his spirits by heading west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to absorb the sights and uncooked speeds on show.
“I obtained the chance to drive to from Mid-Ohio to Indianapolis and take a look at some apply for the Indy 500, which was nice,” he advised RACER. “I’ve all the time been very open about desirous to have a go in an Indy automobile at some point. I went to face in the midst of the pit lane, , solely like 5 or 10 meters from the vehicles working at near 400 kilometers an hour. With solely like, half a meter of wall in between me and the vehicles. And then you definately see these vehicles going flat out, not even lifting into Flip 1. It’s positively one thing I must attempt at some point.”
Magnussen isn’t any stranger to racing at over 200mph in Components 1 the place the lengthy straights at Mexico and Monza enable for spectacular prime speeds. However at Indy, the place these speeds aren’t shed whereas braking right into a sluggish nook, the hazard and attract captured the 28-year-old’s creativeness.
“It’s simply loopy. It’s a very mystical place,” he continued. “As a result of that they’re going flat out across the lap, , no less than in quali trim and after they’re in clear air within the race they do as properly. However though they’re flat out the entire lap, there’s a lot method that goes into a superb lap. It’s all these little inputs, and it’s far more within the particulars than it’s driving a race automobile on a standard highway course. You want to be so exact together with your inputs within the automobile.
“I say this having by no means pushed on an oval or Indianapolis, however that’s what I take from it. And all this occurs near 400 kilometers an hour and it’s simply fascinating, they usually’re racing one another as properly. It’s at that velocity and with partitions that near the observe. It’s fairly phenomenal.”
The Ganassi workforce gave Magnussen the complete Indy 500 expertise with an immersive look into how the defending collection champions function at IndyCar’s greatest occasion.
“It’s fascinating simply to get a glance on from the within of how they do issues over there within the IndyCar workforce,” he mentioned. “I obtained to sit down in on the debrief after the primary day of testing. which was superior, and there’s a variety of a variety of new issues that I’ve by no means heard about that they’re speaking about. You realize, setting a automobile up for the Indianapolis 500 may be very completely different to setting it up for the rest that I’ve executed. So, simply fascinating and funky to pay attention to that and to actually get a get a glance from the within.”
Magnussen missed seeing former Haas teammate Romain Grosjean, who earned pole and completed second for final weekend’s Indy Grand Prix earlier than returning residence to France. However he did keep watch over the proceedings from Mid-Ohio, and cheered the Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing driver on from afar.
“I’ve raced this man for 4 years as a teammate, and I do know him very properly,” he mentioned of Grosjean. “We’ve had some actually scorching battles on observe, and it’s cool to see that he’s doing properly, straight out of the field and already getting poles and hopefully getting some race wins. I do know what a superb driver this man is, in order that doesn’t actually shock me. However nonetheless good to see.”
As soon as he’s executed with IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season within the No. 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R he shares with Renger van der Zande, Magnussen is headed to the FIA World Endurance Championship as a part of Peugeot’s new-for-2022 Hypercar program. He hopes to discover a cut-off date within the close to future the place a return to America and a possibility within the NTT IndyCar Sequence turns into a actuality.
“You’ve obtained to recollect, I’m nonetheless only a motorsport fan,” he mentioned. “I simply I really like racing and IndyCar is among the types of racing that I that I actually discover cool and fascinating. I’d like to have a go. I’m tremendous enthusiastic about what I’m right down to do now with Peugeot and at Le Mans however , I’m a younger man and there’s nonetheless a variety of years left in me. There’s a variety of issues that I that I want to do earlier than I dangle my helmet up. And the Indy 500 is completely considered one of them.”