NASCAR allowed Raikkonen and fellow collection debutant Mike Rockenfeller, who will race for Spire Motorsports in the event, to drive an Motion Categorical-run Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 check automotive as a part of its Choose Driver Orientation program at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway.
The 2007 System 1 world champion will drive for Trackhouse within the highway course race at Watkins Glen on 21 August as a team-mate to Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain.
The Finn’s look is a part of Trackhouse’s Project 91 initiative which is seeking to broaden NASCAR’s attain by introducing gifted worldwide racing drivers to the Cup Sequence.
After the check was full, Raikkonen mentioned: “I don’t have something to check [the car with] however I believe it was good to get some laps, even when it’s not precisely the identical automotive that we’re going to race.
“It was very helpful simply to place laps and have some enjoyable, to know what the automotive is considerably doing, do longer runs to search out out so I’m certain it’ll be simpler to enter observe come the race [weekend].
“Clearly I’ve a little bit expertise with the Cup automotive from 2011. This automotive is a brand new era automotive, it’s lots nicer, I suppose roughly what I anticipated. I attempted the simulator so I had some thought, it’s OK, clearly the identical issues occur to it like a traditional automotive, so when the tires get sizzling and also you’re sliding extra.
“Up to now it’s been good.”
Helmet of Kimi Raikkonen
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The race at The Glen marks Raikkonen’s first outing in a motorsport occasion since he retired from F1 final December together with his closing look for Alfa Romeo on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Raikkonen has additionally practiced pitstops together with his workforce to be as ready as attainable, regardless of NASCAR strict guidelines on observe testing.
“Perhaps we did 50 laps or one thing,” he mentioned of the check operating. “With out these and the simulator, for certain I’d be going straight into 20 minutes observe, after which qualifying, and that might be rather more more durable.
“A minimum of we ready in addition to we may, so due to NASCAR letting us to have these laps, we did one of the best that we may and most that we will, so we’ll see what we get. Clearly it’s a brand new observe for me, so I must be taught it, so we’ll see what we’ve got.”
Raikkonen – who has one Xfinity Sequence begin and one Truck Sequence race underneath his belt from 2011 with Kyle Busch Motorsports throughout his sabbatical from F1 – says he’s been having fun with the expertise thus far.
“The workforce has achieved an amazing job, very nice individuals throughout, it’s been enjoyable to be within the automotive,” he added.
“I haven’t pushed any race automotive because the final F1 race, so it was enjoyable and hopefully we will get a considerably good end result within the race.”