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Kimi Raikkonen on NASCAR Cup test: Up to now its been good

NASCAR allowed Raikkonen and fellow series debutant Mike Rockenfeller, who’ll race for Spire Motorsports in the case, to operate a vehicle an Action Express-run Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 test car within its Select Driver Orientation program at VIRginia International Raceway.

The 2007 Formula 1 world champion will drive for Trackhouse in the street course race at Watkins Glen on August 21 as a teammate to Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain. The Finns appearance is section of Trackhouses Project 91 initiative that is seeking to expand NASCARs reach by introducing talented international racing drivers to the Cup Series.

Following the test was complete, Raikkonen said: I dont have anything to compare [the car with] but I believe it had been nice to obtain some laps, even though its nearly exactly the same car which were likely to race.

It had been very beneficial merely to put laps and also have some fun, to learn what the automobile is somewhat doing, do longer runs to discover so Im sure itll be simpler to get into practice come the race [weekend].

Obviously I’ve just a little experience with the Cup car from 2011. This car is really a new generation car, its a whole lot nicer, I assume pretty much what I expected. I tried the simulator therefore i had some idea, its OK, obviously exactly the same things eventually it such as a normal car, when the tires get hot youre sliding more.

Up to now its been good.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Photo by: Project91

The race at The Glen marks Raikkonens first outing in a motorsport event since he retired from F1 last December along with his final appearance for Alfa Romeo at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Raikkonen in addition has practiced pitstops along with his team to be as prepared as you possibly can, despite NASCAR strict rules on the right track testing.

Maybe we did 50 laps or something, he said of the test running. Without those and the simulator, for certain Id be going directly into 20 minutes practice, and qualifying, and that might be a lot more harder.

At the very least we prepared along with we’re able to, so because of NASCAR letting us to possess those laps, we did the very best that people could & most that people can, so well see what we get. Obviously its a fresh track for me personally, so I should try to learn it, so well see what we’ve.

Raikkonen who has one Xfinity Series start and something Truck Series race under his belt from 2011 with Kyle Busch Motorsports during his sabbatical from F1 says hes been enjoying the knowledge up to now.

The team did an excellent job, really nice people throughout, its been fun to stay the automobile, he added.

I havent driven any race car because the last F1 race, so that it was fun and hopefully we are able to get yourself a somewhat good bring about the race.

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