Tag:Kimi Raikkonen
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Raikkonen to make historic start at Charlotte

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Kimi Raikkonen will make his NASCAR debut Friday, May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the first time in its 52-year history that a former Formula 1 champion has competed in a NASCAR-sanctioned event at the track.

What's that you say? Mario Andretti ran a NASCAR at Charlotte? While that's true, it was 11 years before he won the F1 title in 1978.

Jimmy Clark and Jacques Villeneuve also raced in NASCAR events, however, neither competed in a race at Charlotte.

Raikkonen, 31, won the F1 title in 2007 while driving for Ferrari. Since leaving the team and the series following the 2009 season, Raikkonen has been competing in the World Rally Championship.

Early this year he signed up to drive three to five Truck Series races for Kyle Busch Motorsports and he was adamant about making his debut at Charlotte.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: April 2, 2011 10:18 am

Raikkonen to drive for Kyle Busch

Posted by Pete Pistone

The rumors of former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen coming to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series earlier this week were true. However it will be with a different team.

Raikkonen will join Kyle Busch Motorsports for a limited truck series effort this summer rather than driving for a new organization including controversial former Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Foster Gillett. The entry will debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20.

Team News Release

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2011) - Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that they have signed former Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen to drive a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2011 season. Raikkonen is scheduled to make his NASCAR debut as a teammate to owner Kyle Busch in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20.

Raikkonen comes to NASCAR with a resume that includes the 2007 Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship. Over his nine year career in Formula 1, the Finnish driver registered 18 wins and 62 podium finishes. The 31-year old is currently competing for a World Rally Car Championship for his own team, ICE 1 Racing.

"We are honored that Kimi Raikkonen, a former Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion and proven winner, has chosen to start his career in NASCAR with Kyle Busch Motorsports," said Busch. "Adding one of the most talented drivers in the world is a continuation of building a team of proven winners and champions at KBM. I look forward to assisting in Kimi's transition to NASCAR as both an owner and teammate."

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to start my venture into NASCAR with Kyle Busch Motorsports," said Raikkonen. "Kyle is one of the best in NASCAR, and being able to draw on his knowledge will be a valuable asset as I make my transition to a new form of racing. He has put together an experienced team that builds fast race trucks. I look forward to being a part of a team that has proven to be a winner on and off the race track."

"We are extremely excited to have Kimi Raikkonen begin his transition to NASCAR behind the wheel of Kyle Busch Motorsports' Toyota Tundra's," said KBM General Manager Rick Ren. "As NASCAR looks to expand their fan base and generate further interest in certain demographics, having a former Formula 1 Champion with worldwide appeal is a huge deal not just for KBM but for the sport as a whole."

Details of sponsorship and a schedule of races that Raikkonen will compete in will be released at a later date.


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Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:50 am

Another F-1 driver to NASCAR

By Pete Pistone

Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen will migrate to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series later this summer.

Raikkonen joins Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve and Nelson Piquet Jr. on the list of former F-1 starts who have dipped their foot into NASCAR waters.

The 2007 World Driving Champion will reportedly join forces with Foster Gillett, son of controversial sports mogul George Gillett, to field a truck entry that will make its debut sometime in June or July.

Gillett's name being associated with this NASCAR venture is surprising since the family is still embroiled in a legal dispute with former team owner and crew chief Ray Evernham over the assets of Richard Petty Motorsports, which was owned by the Gillett family before nearly going bankrupt and out of business only a few months ago.

The ICE1 team that Raikkonen will drive for will be partially owned by the younger Gillett as a "major partner," who was an active participant with his father in the RPM organization before its demise and ultimate purchase by a new group of investors led by Richard Petty.

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