Raikkonen makes a solid debut in NASCAR
Posted May 22nd 2011 11:07AM
Former F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen made his NASCAR debut yesterday, driving the No. 15 Perky Jerky Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200.
Starting from the 31st position, Raikkonen finished 15th, crossing the line on the same lap as the race leaders. At one point, Raikkonen ran as high as seventh, but fell back when he missed a crucial pit stop. Along the way, he survived several close calls as multi-car collisions unfolded in front of him and he picked his way through the debris. Raikkonen's teammate Kyle Busch took the win.
What's next for Raikkonen? The Finn plans to return to Charlotte next weekend to run the Nationwide Series race. He'll pilot a Toyota Camry fielded by NEMCO motorsports in partnership with Kyle Busch Motorssports.
The NASCAR race conflicts with the WRC rally in Argentina, but Raikkonen isn't scheduled to contest that round. His next WRC appearance will be at the Acropolis Rally in June. As for F1, the former champion hasn't ruled out a possible return if the conditions are right, but for now he appears to be taking things one step at a time.