F1 Champ Kimi Raikkonen Says NASCAR Return Not Out of the Question02/10/2021
If Kimi Raikkonen ever retires from Formula 1, and we emphasize if, could he return to NASCAR?
You never know, says the 2007 F1 champion. Been there. Done that.
When he lost his F1 Ferrari seat at the end of 2009, the 2007 world champion decided to leave F1 and dabbled for two years in world rallying and even gave NASCAR a whirl.
When asked by the Dutch magazine Formule 1 what he will do when he retires for a second time in the future, the 41-year-old Finn answered: “There are a lot of fun things I could do, but I don’t think about them until I am finished with Formula 1.
“I don’t know whether it’s rally, a NASCAR series or something completely different.”
Raikkonen made quite a splash in NASCAR in May of 2011 when he made starts in both the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series for a team owner Kyle Busch. Raikkonen finished 15th out of 36 in the Truck Series race and 27th out of 43 starters in the Xfinity race.
He’s done his best work, of course, in Formula 1 where he’s won 21 times and captured the 2007 F1 championship. He holds the record for most F1 starts with 330 since 2001.
Last year, amusing footage of Raikkonen scaring passenger and Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi with a lap of the famous Nordschleife emerged.
The magazine asked Raikkonen if taking part in the Nurburgring 24-hour race with his friend and fellow countryman and sports-car champion Toni Vilander might also be a post-retirement option.
“Oh yeah, that would be fun,” he smiled. “But as I said, there are lot of nice things to do.”
Would you like to see Kimi Raikkonen come back to the U.S. and give a NASCAR series another shot after his F1 career finally wraps up. We sure would! Where do you see Kimi landing after 2021?
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