Ayrton Senna, Formula 1 legend and three times World Drivers’ Championship winner wanted to race in NASCAR after retiring from Formula 1. An old video interview from 1991 reveal Senna’s post-retirement plan.
Recently, a Twitter user ‘nascarman‘ posted the prized clip from the 1991 interview. Senna can be seen saying, “After this, I might race in Indy, NASCAR or anything, just for fun” ” I want to try a different lifestyle in America and I believe this will happen after I retire”.
1991 was the year when he won his last Drivers’ Championship. However, this interview is from before his 3rd and final championship win.
Senna was a Brazilian racing driver who won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991. And is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He died in an accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix driving for Williams F1.
In 1984, Senna raced in two high-profile non-Formula One races. The ADAC 1000-km Nürburgring, alongside Henri Pescarolo and Stefan Johansson. He drove a Joest Racing Porsche 956 to finish 8th overall. And an exhibition race to commence the opening of the new Nürburgring before the European Grand Prix. Eminently, this race included many other Formula 1 drivers including Sir Stirling Moss and former World Championship winner Jack Brabham. Everyone was driving indistinguishable Mercedes 190Es in the race.
Alain Prost took the pole position, but was overtaken by Senna in the first lap. Senna than took the lead, winning ahead of Former World Champion, Niki Lauda. After the race, Senna said, “Now I know I can do it”.
Notably, Senna was a last-minute addition in the exhibition race. After Ex-World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi decided to skip the race.