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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 Motorsports.

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.


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      Ronvpr@aol.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      How many recalls did that guy have to go through to get to the finish line? After all, he was driving a Toyota.
      Roman Rajbhandari
      • 4 Years Ago
      shame. from f1 champ to nascar. never understood those drivers. i guess when you are getting older it easier to drive in ovals without any extra turns.
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Roman Rajbhandari
        Older? He's still in his d*mn 20s. And easier? How about you tell Jaques Villeneuve that...
        kcroc10077
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Roman Rajbhandari
        Shame??? Here's a man that's doing exactly what he wants to. I think its great that a F-1 champ (or any successful driver for that matter) gives a go at other types of racing. Maybe NASCAR isn't your thing (it's not mine) but I respect the drivers and Raikkonen for giving it a go.
        Dwhite
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Roman Rajbhandari
        If it so easy why has every transfer driver failed?
          Hatzenbach
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dwhite
          i guess it's the same reason why every transfer driver failed in DTM or Rally sport. a monoposto and a DTM, Rally or DTM car are totally different vehicles. F1 drivers have plenty of experience in formula renault or F3000 etc, most nascar drivers have never seen anything but a nascar and so on. it doesn't have anything to do with talent or skills (all of them have plenty) it's about years of experience
          Will Roldan
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dwhite
          Not all drivers have failed, Juan Pablo Montaya has two win in the cup series and 1 win in the lower divisions of NASCAR
      Junkyard Willie
      • 4 Years Ago
      No one cares about a car/truck that's put together with junkyard scrap metal. I guest they haven't discover corbin fiber yet. LMFAO
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        Junkyard metal? What? The cars are put together with recycled metal, as is every production car in the world is. I think it was 60% of a car is made out of recycled metal, no matter which manufacturer. Oh and they also use fiberglass. What's this "corbin fiber" you speak of? You are the epitomy of the ignorance that the ignorant NASCAR haters speak of.
      Drew
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad that there are at least some fellow AB readers that are not too ignorant to understand Nascar without just blindly bashing it. It's good to see it defended; although it has been doing a pretty good job of that by itself; especially when the former World Champion takes the 2nd best truck in the field and runs 15th in Nascar's third tier series.
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