Raikkonen Solid in First NASCAR Test

By on Thursday, April 7, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In preparation for his NASCAR debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, ICEONERACING’s Kimi Raikkonen participated in three days of testing with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) this week. The former Formula 1 champion made his first laps around an oval track during a two-day test session at Gresham Motorsports on Monday and Tuesday, followed by a one-day test at Rockingham Speedway on Thursday.

Raikkonen settled in quickly behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra, posting lap times consistent with previous KBM test sessions at the half-mile asphalt track at GMP. The Iceman put in over 400 laps during the two-day test, working with KBM and the Toyota engineers on various chassis adjustments, shock packages, air pressure and trackbar changes to familiarize Raikkonen with the truck.

“It was a lot of fun, I really had no expectations or anything to compare it to beforehand but at the end of the day, I am really looking forward to the first race,” said Raikkonen. “It seems like KBM is a top team and I am excited to work with them.”

After successfully completing the two-day test at the half-mile oval, KBM officials added the one-day test at Rockingham Speedway, a one-mile oval, to allow Raikkonen to experience the feel of a larger and faster track.

“We only ran about 50 laps today because it was obvious that we didn’t need to get much more out of this test,” said KBM crew chief Eric Phillips “The kid definitely knows how to drive.”

When asked his thoughts following the test, KBM General Manager Rick Ren stated, “On one hand, I am obviously not surprised at all with the type of experience Kimi has and his championship pedigree. But on the other hand, I am very pleasantly surprised.”

Shortly before boarding his flight to Jordan for the upcoming World Rally Championship event, the “Iceman” simply stated, “I am looking forward to the race.”

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced on April 2 at Martinsville Speedway that they have partnered with ICEONERACING, the motorsports outfit of Kimi Raikkonen to drive a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2011 season. Raikkonen is scheduled to make his NASCAR debut as a teammate to owner Kyle Busch in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20.

Photos from the test session can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ICEONERACING.

Fans can keep up with Raikkonen and ICE1RACING online at http://www.kimiraikkonen.com and http://www.ice1racing.fi and follow the team at http://www.facebook.com/ICEONERACING and on Twitter @ICEONERACING.

Contact: Todd Hirschfeld – HMS Worldwide (704) 892-9808 http://www.hmsworldwide.com todd@hmsworldwide.com.

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