Can Bruno Senna Find Success in NASCAR?

By jamesharris
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The nephew of Formula One legend Aryton Senna is looking to try his hand at NASCAR.

Could this move be because he didn’t live up to expectations in the shadow of his uncle?

Former Williams driver Bruno Senna will test his skills in NASCAR. After stints in Formula One with HRT and Renault between 2010 and last year, Senna switched to sports care at Le Mans with Aston Martin for 2013.

The 29-year-old told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that his options for 2014 are open.

“Continuing with Aston Martin is one of the best options I have,” he said. “But I also want to see if I can test in NASCAR. It was already supposed to happen at the beginning of the year. I am going to have some meetings to see what is the best way forward.”

I wonder if Bruno will adapt to this new way of racing? Many think having driven in F1 automatically gives you magical prowess across the board; whilst Indy Car is similar to F1, NASCAR is a completely different game.

Bruno won’t be the first F1 driver to make the transition to NASCAR – racing star Mario Andretti won races in F1, Indy Car, the World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR.

Current drivers who have made the switch are Canadian F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve and former McLaren star Juan Pablo Montoya. Both of these drivers were at the top of their game in F1, and whilst they have both performed at one time or another in NASCAR, they haven’t exactly reached the heights of Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson.

I think Senna will have his work cut out for him when he mixes it up with the NASCAR boys.

James Harris is a NASCAR writer for Follow him @gentlemanity and “Like” him Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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