Raikkonen To Go From Rally To NASCAR This Year?

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Kimi Raikkonen and co-driver in car at Rally Spain

Kimi Raikkonen and co-driver in car at Rally Spain

The just-ended silly season talk was all about former F1 world champ and current WRC driver Kimi Raikkonen going back into F1, but today the tide has turned in a most surprising direction: NASCAR. Multiple reports are citing a Finnish newspaper interview with Raikkonen, who states he'll be joining the NASCAR Truck series before graduating to Nationwide and eventually Sprint Cup racing.

If the move takes place, the Finn could join the oval-track field as early as this summer, according to the Turun Sanomat. Raikkonen is to team with Foster Gillett to form a new team called ICE1 Racing, borrowing from Raikkonen's "Ice Man" nickname.

According to the Finnish paper, Raikkonen is "really looking forward" to joining NASCAR's ranks, and he "just love[s] the American spirit of racing." Despite his excitement for NASCAR, Raikkonen is expected to continue to run WRC events for the remainder of the season.

Will Raikkonen have better luck with NASCAR than he has with WRC thus far? Or even more importantly, will he see more success than other former F1 drivers have in the roundy-round sport? It will be an interesting summer.

[Turun Sanomat via Autosport]

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  1. Its going to be a huge adjustment to get a 3400+ lbs car to respond the way he is accustomed to. Its not going to be easy to be a top contender in nascar when your entire racing career has been built around nimble light racing machines. Just look at JPM... yea he does great on the left and rights but on the oval he's not as good, and when he was driving for williams bmw f1 he and Gordon swaped cars for a day... he talked so much about the performance of a NASCAR when gordon adjusted descent to the open wheel (Gordon does have open wheel expirience). It'll be interesting to see if the "iceman" will be just as cold in NASCAR.

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