Just when he thought he’d gotten out, they pulled him back in. Kimi Raikkonen will once once again don his racing fit considerably less than a year soon after retiring from Formula 1 in get to race in a NASCAR Cup Series occasion this 12 months.
The seat will be supplied to the Finnish driver by Venture91, a software created to offer global racing stars an option to participate in NASCAR. Raikkonen, the to start with driver announced as portion of the method, will generate the selection 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Collection race at the Watkins Glen Global street study course on August 21, 2022.
“Kimi Raikkonen is the driver I initial had in intellect when we developed Undertaking91,” mentioned Justin Marks, a person of Venture91’s founders. “Kimi is a globe-renowned driver with a incredible quantity of expertise and lover adhering to. We have experienced very long conversations, and like us, he is previously difficult at perform getting ready for Watkins Glen.”
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Kimi Raikkonen. Watkins Glen. Task91.
The Iceman returns. pic.twitter.com/4SSrQPjynQ
— Undertaking91 (@THProject91) May well 26, 2022
Raikkonen has in no way driven in the NASCAR Cup Series ahead of but does have some experience with inventory autos. He earlier competed in Xfinity and Truck Sequence races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011.
“I was not on the lookout to race once more, but Justin arrived to my property in Switzerland and confident me how severe he was about placing with each other a topnotch application,” Raikkonen stated in a release. “This will be enjoyable, but it’s a thing I will acquire really severely. I know how competitive the NASCAR Cup Collection is and it will be a large obstacle.”
Task91 is a method staying operate by Trackhouse Entertainment Team, a venture established by previous racecar driver Justin Marks and Grammy Award-winning performer Pitbull. Trackhouse Racing at present fields automobiles for Daniel Suárez (No. 99) and Ross Chastain (No. 1) in the Cup Collection but its No. 91 motor vehicle is remaining reserved for worldwide racing stars as a way to open “the door for worldwide champions while beginning the system of scaling into an internationally regarded racing brand,” Marks advised the Involved Press.
Marks argued that the improvements to the NexGen NASCAR have flattened the finding out curve enough to let international motorists from other series to just take the wheel. The go could deliver a way into the sport, whose driver lineup is primarily American, contrary to Indycar, which draws in expertise from all around the world.
The notion appears to be to be an attractive a single to the current NASCAR area, with Cup driver Ryan Blaney telling the AP that it will be wonderful for the activity but cautioning that it will nonetheless be a large obstacle for Raikkonen, also regarded as the Iceman, to alter to driving a stock motor vehicle.
“Yeah, the Iceman,” Blaney reported. “I’m a large enthusiast and enjoyed watching him escalating up and racing F1. I imagine it’s a excellent notion.”