Thursday, 31 March 2011

Former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen to compete in NASCAR

Is it just coincidence or has NASCAR become the exile of choice for former Formula One drivers?

Scott Speed came to NASCAR when his F1 ride with Scuderia Toro Rosso dried up.

Juan Pablo Montoya grew tired of the politics in Formula One and made the jump to stock cars.

Nelson Piquet Jr. became persona non grata in F1 after the Crashgate scandal and found a new home in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jacques Villeneuve tried to land a full-time NASCAR ride but has settled for occasional stints.

The latest to make the jump is Kimi Raikkonen, aka The Iceman for his stoic demeanor.

Raikkonen is the 2007 Formula One world champion but has been out of the series and driving in the World Rally Championship. According to a newspaper in his native Finland, Raikkonen will drive some time this summer in NASCAR's Truck Series and eventually move to Nationwide and Sprint Cup.

According to the report, he will drive for a new team called ICE1 that will have Foster Gillett as a partner. Gillett, of course, is the son of sports magnate George Gillett and until last year was running Richard Petty Motorsports.

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