Räikkönen and his NASCAR test: “So far so good”

Räikkönen and his NASCAR test: “So far so good”


Kimi Raikkonen feels well prepared for his NASCAR Cup debut with Trackhouse Racing at Watkins Glen next weekend after his first Next Gen run on Thursday.

NASCAR is allowed Kimi Raikkonen and for Mike Rockefelleranother newcomer to the series, who will be racing for Spire Motorsports at the Watkins Glen event, to test drive the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as part of its special driver training program at the VIRginia International Raceway.

The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion will drive for Trackhouse at the Watkins Glen road race on August 21 as a member of the team. Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain. The Finn’s appearance is part of Trackhouse’s Project 91 initiative, which aims to expand NASCAR’s reach by connecting talented international drivers to the Cup Series.

After the test was completed, Räikkönen said: “I don’t have a point of comparison but I think it was good to do a few laps, even if it’s not the same car we’re going to drive. It was very beneficial to do some laps and have fun, know what the car does, do a long race to find out, and I’m sure it will be easier for testing at that time [le week-end] race.”

“Obviously I have a little experience with the Cup car from 2011. This car is a new generation, it’s better, I think it’s more or less what I expected. “I used the simulator to get an idea, it’s fine, it’s clear. the same things happen to it as a normal car, so when the tires get hot you slip more. So far so good.”

Kimi Raikkonen

The race at Watkins Glen will be Raikkonen’s first motorsport event since retiring from F1 last December, his last appearance for Alfa Romeo coming at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Räikkönen also made pit stops with his team to prepare as much as possible, despite NASCAR’s strict rules regarding track testing. “We probably did 50 laps or something like that,” said about the tests. “Without these exercises and simulations, I would definitely have to go straight to 20 minutes of practice, then qualifying, and that would be more difficult.”

“At least we prepared as much as we could, so thanks to NASCAR who allowed us to have these rounds, we did everything we could and we could, so we’ll see what we’re going to reap. Obviously it’s a new track for me, so I have to learn, and we’ll see how we do.”

Räikkönen, who has already raced in the Xfinity Series and another in the Truck Series in 2011 and Kyle Busch Motorsports on his break from F1, he says he has enjoyed the experience so far. “The team is doing a good job, there are good people around, it’s fun to be in the car”he added. “I haven’t driven a race car since my last F1 race so it was fun and hopefully we can get a good race result.”

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