The 2007 Method 1 world champion will drive for Trackhouse Racing within the highway course race at Watkins Glen on 21 August, driving a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 alongside team-mates Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain.
It would mark his first outing in a motorsport occasion since he known as time on his 349-race F1 profession final December together with his remaining look for Alfa Romeo on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Finn has earlier historical past in NASCAR, participating in a single second-tier Xfinity Sequence race, and one Truck Sequence occasion in 2011 with Kyle Busch Motorsports throughout his sabbatical from F1.
He has additionally examined a Cup automobile at VIR earlier than, driving a Dodge for Robby Gordon Motorsports in 2011, however the take a look at ended early when he went off and tore up the nostril on moist grass.
Earlier this week, Raikkonen hung out on Crew Chevrolet’s simulator, and went via knowledge with Suarez, who claimed Trackhouse’s second road course victory of the year at Sonoma in June after Chastain prevailed at the Circuit of the Americas in March.
Raikkonen’s entry with Trackhouse Racing comes as part of the team’s Project91 initiative, which is seeking to increase NASCAR’s attain by dedicating its #91 automobile entry to worldwide racing drivers. Trackhouse’s trio of drivers at Watkins Glen shall be from three completely different international locations.
The NASCAR rulebook for testing of a Subsequent Gen automobile was amended on 15 June to permit for a ‘Choose Driver Orientation Check’ for drivers who’re entered for a Cup race throughout the following 90 days. Its sequence of provisos embrace restricted knowledge logging and set-up adjustments on the day.
Three units of Goodyear tyres can be utilized and no different driver is allowed to shake down the automobile. The take a look at is restricted to 10 hours from the second the automobile hits the monitor.
Raikkonen admitted he was provided different alternatives to make his racing return earlier this 12 months, however he needed to offer sufficient time to organize for the Watkins Glen Cup race.
“There have been clearly choices to do extra this 12 months, however I feel all of it got here a bit too shortly, to attempt to do it in addition to we will on all the edges,” stated Raikkonen.
“I feel it was higher to attend till this race, so we will put together for all the pieces and at the very least have carried out the work 100% proper and what the end result is, no one is aware of. We’ll at the very least give ourselves the most effective probability that we will.
“What comes after that? I don’t know, no one is aware of. We’ll attempt to do a very good race there and revel in it, and see what the longer term brings. I’ve no different plans.
“That’s what I’ve proper now, and we’ll go from there.”
Raikkonen will not be the one Cup debutant within the discipline at Watkins Glen. He shall be joined by fellow ex-F1 racer Daniil Kvyat, who has signed to race a Team Hezeberg Ford, and 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Mike Rockenfeller in a Crew Spire Chevrolet.