Vijay Pattni30 March 2011

Raikkonen heading to NASCAR?

Former Ferrari F1 driver and current WRC pilot wants to race stock cars


The Iceman reckons he can turn left betten’ most can. And as such, is heading over to the good ol’ US of A to race in NASCAR.

‘I am excited about getting to know the world of NASCAR. I am 100 per cent sure it will be fun and challenging,’ says 2007 F1 world champion Raikkonen in Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

Kimi is apparently set to debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in a new team called ICE1 (geddit?), in partnership with Foster Gillet. Should Kimi find a niche in one of North America’s most watched sports, he could move into the Nationwide Series and ultimately the Sprint Cup.

'I know, it's a very tough and open top-racing series,’ says Kimi. 'I just love the American spirit of racing.’

However, financial news provider Bloomberg reckons a deal is still far from done, with Kimi's agent still waiting for 'somebody to come to us with an offer’.

Raikkonen proved his mettle behind the wheel of an F1 car and had an OK year as a WRC driver. And who knows, perhaps the Iceman will get the chance to race in the Top Gear 300...

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