Raikkonen joins NASCAR Truck Series

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Martinsville, VA - Former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen will drive a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports this season, beginning with the May 20 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 titleholder, is currently competing for a World Rally Championship with his ICE 1 Racing team. The 31-year-old Finn notched 18 wins and 62 podium finishes during his nine-year career in F1.

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to start my venture into NASCAR with Kyle Busch Motorsports," Raikkonen said in a team statement. "Kyle is one of the best in NASCAR, and being able to draw on his knowledge will be a valuable asset as I make my transition to a new form of racing."

KBM noted in its announcement on Saturday that details of Raikkonen's sponsorship and schedule of races this year will be released at a later date.

"Adding one of the most talented drivers in the world is a continuation of building a team of proven winners and champions at KBM," Busch said. "I look forward to assisting in Kimi's transition to NASCAR as both an owner and teammate."

The truck series is running this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Busch is competing in the 250-lap race.

Raikkonen joins a slew of F1 drivers who have moved over to NASCAR in the past several years. His former McLaren teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, made his first NASCAR start in 2006. Scott Speed did it in 2008. Both Nelson Piquet Jr. and Narain Karthikeyan made the switch last year. Karthikeyan is back in F1 this season.

In December 2009, Raikkonen departed F1 and joined Citroen's Red Bull-backed junior team in WRC. He drove for Ferrari from 2007-09.


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