FIA World Endurance Championship title winner Kamui Kobayashi welcomes the concept of racing within the NTT IndyCar Collection. With 75 System 1 begins to his credit score and an ongoing presence within the Japanese Tremendous System collection, the manufacturing facility Toyota Hypercar driver has amassed a substantial quantity of open-wheel expertise.
And as a two-time general winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona in his first three begins with Cadillac, Kobayashi’s had an opportunity to co-drive with six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, who’ve raved about his expertise. With the probabilities of some seats opening up within the close to future, the street and road course specialist could possibly be an enchanting proposition to think about.
“Yeah, after all,” Kobayashi advised RACER of his IndyCar curiosity. “I’m nonetheless doing the Tremendous System collection in Japan and this automotive is made by Dallara, so I feel the automotive could be fairly related. It’s completely different weight, completely different tires, completely different engine, however after all I understand how Dallara makes its chassis, so I’d be fairly assured.
“Driving for Toyota, I can have some alternatives to drive for Cadillac if there aren’t any scheduling [issues]. However for certain, to have the chance, I might be very excited to hitch IndyCar as a result of it’s a actually large race collection. I do know that there’s loads of good drivers. Positively, it’s a really aggressive championship.”
Pagenaud loves the concept of seeing his IMSA teammate lined up on the IndyCar grid.
“You may inform he’s been working with very sturdy groups, the perfect, for a very long time,” the 2016 IndyCar Collection champion mentioned. “However what I appreciated essentially the most about him is his straight-to-the-point angle. No BS, no making an attempt to sugar-coat it, he simply tells you the way it’s. Simply will get to the purpose straight away in two phrases on what the automotive wants and it’s finished and he strikes on to the following factor. I feel he’d be loads of enjoyable to look at.
“Proper after I moved on from System Renault, he was with Prema, sponsored by Toyota, in System Renault Euro Cup and he crushed all people. He was simply unbelievable. And his driving fashion already confirmed the identical factor you see right this moment. Clearly, it’s much more polished now, however he was doing a little unbelievable issues that others couldn’t do. Simply very dedicated generally with nice automotive management. A enjoyable man to work with and a really, superb teammate. Nice angle, and only a racing warrior.”
The reigning WEC LMP1 champion has a fame for attacking with out relenting, which has made for a rising variety of spectacular performances all through his profession. And at 34, Kobayashi would match the current pattern of veteran drivers from different collection getting into IndyCar.
“Scott Dixon, I’ve pushed with him final yr; I don’t know what number of occasions he received the championship…I don’t really feel he’s shedding efficiency; he’s bettering,” he mentioned. “So. I’m fairly large fan of open-wheel, and IndyCar could be alternative. There are various drivers coming from many championships, and I convey loads of expertise, with System 3, System Renault, GP2, Tremendous System and System 1. IndyCar could be the most recent one.”
As a result of direct rivalry between IndyCar engine provider Honda and its Japanese adversary Toyota, Kobayashi’s greatest possibilities reside with groups that make use of Chevy’s twin-turbo V6 motors.