Kimi Raikkonen To Go To NASCAR

Raikkonen will soon be doing this...
Raikkonen will soon be doing this...
Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he is to have a crack at NASCAR racing this season.

According to the Turun Sanomat (that's a Finnish regional newspaper, by the way), Raikkonen will enter with the Truck Feeder series first (officially the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) with his ICE1 Racing outfit, before moving up to the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series.

"I'm really looking forward to get there to familiarise to the world of NASCAR," Raikkonen told Turun Sanomat.

"I have been following it for a long time. I know, it's a very tough and open top racing series. I just love the American spirit of racing. It feels just great to get involved with that. Obviously, it will be very challenging and great fun for me."

...though he might do a bit of this
...though he might do a bit of this
Raikkonen is expected to hit the NASCAR circuit this summer, though exactly what car he will be driving is as yet unconfirmed.

And he's not stopping his rallying either: The 2007 F1 champ might have left single-seat racing at the end of 2009, but he's certainly not been taking it easy, competing last year in the WRC at the wheel of a Citroen C4. This year, despite his newly revealed NASCAR plans, he will compete in eight WRC events this year at the wheel of a Citroen DS3 WRC run by his ICE1 Racing team.

A spot of rallying is still on the cards too
A spot of rallying is still on the cards too

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  • Tman87 08 Apr 2011

    ArnageWRC said:
    Twincam16 said:
    The only comparable achievements I can think of, if he does put up a good showing, would either be Jim Clark's multi-discipline exploits, or Jon Surtees' championship wins in F1 and motorbikes.

    It's worth pointing out Kimi races snowmobiles in Finland too.
    Don't forget Vic Elford - won the 1968 Monte Carlo Rally for Porsche, then won the 24 Hours of Daytona for Porsche a few weeks later.

    Two of last years successful Audi Le Mans winning drivers, Timo Bernhard & Romain Dumas - are both doing their respective National Rally series in Porsche 911 GT3's...
    Just thoguht id add Nigel Mansell was F1 champ then went onto win CART series the year after.

    Wish Kimi all the best tho at NASCAR biggrin

  • hornet 06 Apr 2011

    DanB7290 said:

    First test today, he seems happy with it. Did laugh at one of the sponsors "Perky Jerky"
    Makes you wonder what happened to Pinky?

    Maybe they should modify it to Perkele Jerky?

  • DanB7290 06 Apr 2011

    First test today, he seems happy with it. Did laugh at one of the sponsors "Perky Jerky"

  • onomatopoeia 04 Apr 2011

    hornet said:
    Confirmed as a limited race schedule with Kyle Busch.
    Given the KBM won the truck series owners championship last year, he's going to have the equipment and people to win. Of course, the fact that it was Kyle Busch actually driving the truck in many of the races was a major factor in all the victories the team had.

  • team underdog 04 Apr 2011

    GTRCLIVE said:

    Just watch a few Super Speedway races and you'll be hooked... yes they hardly use the brakes and are constantly near 200mph for the whole race but that close at those speeds is just insane.... I don't watch every race (F1 I do) but they do race 36 weekends a year, and the road course's I avidly watch
    Err... thats just a crash compilation? Or is that the point you're making?!

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