The 42-year-old Finn will drive for Trackhouse on the Watkins Glen Worldwide street course along with his look a part of the staff’s Undertaking 91 initiative, which is seeking to develop NASCAR’s attain by introducing gifted worldwide racing drivers to the Cup Collection.
The race at The Glen aboard a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on 21 August will mark Raikkonen’s first outing in a motorsport occasion because the 2021 F1 finale on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
To organize for subsequent weekend’s race, Raikkonen has completed simulator work, pushed in iRacing occasions, participated in pitstop observe and on Thursday took half in his “Choose Driver Orientation Check” at Virginia International Raceway in a Next Gen car.
“I believe that the velocity and the race craft and the variation to the automotive are usually not going to be a difficulty in any respect,” stated Marks. “The best way he was ready when he first confirmed up in America – not simply the final 24 hours – he was asking concerning the No. 1 automotive’s pit penalty at Michigan, he had questions on short-pitting phases and the way to work technique backwards on street programs.
“He has actually completed numerous work and preparation and that’s not shocking to me. That’s what it takes to be as profitable as he’s been in Components 1 for therefore lengthy.”
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Raikkonen entered one second-tier Xfinity Collection race and one Truck Collection race in 2011 with Kyle Busch Motorsports throughout his sabbatical from F1.
He has additionally examined a Cup automotive at VIR earlier than, driving a Dodge for Robby Gordon Motorsports in 2011, however the check ended early when he went off. Marks is satisfied, although, he will probably be on top of things by subsequent weekend.
“From a velocity and a preparation and data standpoint, I believe he’s going to be proper on par,” he stated. “The place the problem will probably be is ensuring that he understands the race from a procedural standpoint, that he understands the foundations.
“We’ve ready a doc for him that exhibits point-of-view imagery of the place pit entrance is and the place the pit gentle is, the place the (timing) traces are and all that sort of stuff. That’s the place he’s obtained the steepest studying curve isn’t driving by too many pit packing containers, not pitting too early, not pulling out of line earlier than the beginning/end line firstly, not dashing on pit street.
“A penalty can take a complete day away from you. That’s the place the heavy elevate will probably be and that’s the place we’re focusing numerous our consideration. From the way in which he confirmed up able to be fitted within the automotive, I’ve excessive expectations.
“I believe he’s going to haul ass.”