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Former F1 driver Daniil Kvyat to make NASCAR Cup Series debut at Indy

Daniil Kvyat stands next to his No. 26 Toyota Camry he will race in his NASCAR Cup Series debut, July 31 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, for Team Hezeberg with Reaume Bros. Racing (Photo courtesy of Team Hezeberg with Reaume Bros. Racing).

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Team Hezeberg announced Daniil Kvyat will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut this Sunday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Kvyat will drive a No. 26 Hezeberg Toyota Camry in the July 31 Verizon 200. The three-time F1 podium finisher was fitted for a seat Monday at Team Hezeberg’s shop after the team teased a partnership July 19.

Kvyat also tested a late model with Hezeberg’s partner, Reaume Bros. Racing, July 13. He was also seen at the July 1-3 NASCAR race weekend at Road America to learn more about stock-car racing and prepare for a future start.

Kvyat is the second NASCAR Cup Series starter this season who had a prior Formula 1 start, as 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve finished 22nd for Team Hezeberg in the Daytona 500. Kvyat won’t be the last, either, as Kimi Raikkonen will race a No. 91 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet at Watkins Glen next month.

Kvyat has 110 Formula 1 starts, with a career-best finish of second in the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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