The “Castrol Edge Challenge” brought together the drivers of the Alpine F1 team and RFK Racing’s Cup series drivers for some exciting racing activities on and off the track. Castrol Edge sponsors all four drivers, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly, Brad Keselowski, and Chris Buescher. Four different challenges formed part of the competition on Tuesday and took place at various raceways, including the Charlotte Motor Speedway and ZMax Dragway. Castrol Edge will release a four-part series of the results via social media channels once available.
The Alpine F1 team drivers, Ocon and Gasly, had a blast getting behind the wheel of one of RFK’s Next Gen Cup series cars. They did some burnouts and even made some laps around the Roval. However, as NASCAR has a testing ban, they were not allowed to drive the actual cup car. Instead, Keselowski and Buescher gave them verbal guidance from the Ford GT. “I think they were a little confused by it and sometimes I’m confused by it”, joked Keselowski. However, Keselowski hopes the relationship between sponsors and the drivers will lead to a return visit with NASCAR drivers taking a turn in the BWT Alpine F1 car.
Keselowski is more than just a driver in the Cup series – he is a part-owner of the RFK Racing team. The team’s pit crews took part in a pit stop challenge with the four drivers, and the competition proved much tighter than Keselowski anticipated. “The teams put on a really strong effort. The race was really tight”, he admitted.
Although Ocon and Gasly may have struggled with the NASCAR vehicle’s sheer power and size relative to an F1 car, Keselowski believes all drivers were reminded just how much respect and skill are needed between the different racing series. “Ultimately, I think, they have a whole new respect for what we do in NASCAR”, Keselowski said.