Ex-Formula 1 Champ Raikkonen in Talks to Join Nascar Team (1) - Bloomberg.com
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QUOTE (Tarun Sannomat)
Raikkonen goes NASCAR
Turun Sanomat 29.3 2011 15:07:20
The world champion of Formula One and current rally star Kimi Raikkonen expands his field of experiences: The 31-year-old Finn is going to race in the most popular North American race series NASCAR
The spectacular NASCAR debut for Raikkonen will be already before the becoming summer. Kimi is going to carry on with WRC Rally, too. He has agreed to do eight more rallies this year.
With the world famous newcomer driver there will be also a brand new team to race in NASCAR level: ICE1 Racing. Raikkonen joins forces with Foster Gillett. He will be the major partner of the Finnish team.
Foster's family was the former majority owners of the Montreal Canadiens NHL franchise and the former co-owners of Liverpool football club.
Last year Foster Gillett was operating with Richard Petty Motorsport in NASCAR. Now he is about to break new ground with Raikkonen and ICE1 Racing.
Ė Iím really looking forward to get there to familiarize to the world of NASCAR. I have been following it for a long time. I know, itís 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, Raikkonen assures to Turun Sanomat.
As every rookie Raikkonen will start his NASCAR career with a race in World Camping Truck series. After that Kimi is going to Nationwide and will be adding the Sprint Cup series as well upon successful completion of the NASCAR approval process.
Actually most rookies start in the ARCA series which is one step below Trucks, but still cars. Essentially cast away Sprint Cup cars from several years ago. That's how you get your superspeedway license, for example (you need a separate endorsement to race on the restrictor plate tracks, and the way to do it is to race in ARCA on the "normal" tracks, then in ARCA on a super speedway), then in a truck or N'wide on a superspeedway, then in Cup on the superspeedway. The last two can be done on the same weekend)
The negotations for the car for ICE1 Racing team are just about to be finished. Raikkonen will race both in ovals and normal track circuits.