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Kimi Raikkonen will race again…in NASCAR

The Iceman will make a one-off appearance at Watkins Glen

The Iceman seems to be excited for his third return to NASCAR. PHOTO FROM TRACKHOUSE RACING

Remember when we said that the legendary Kimi Raikkonen would hang up his racing overalls after the 2021 Formula 1 season? Well, the Iceman will be making a return to motorsports, but not in the discipline that most of us were hoping to see him in.

The speeds of NASCAR cars will definitely make you go 'bwoah'. PHOTO FROM TRACKHOUSE RACING

Raikkonen will be racing with Trackhouse Racing in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series using the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, alongside teammates Daniel Suarez (No. 99) and Ross Chastain (No. 1). His one-off appearance will take place at the Watkins Glen International racetrack on August 21.

And you don’t need to worry, as the Finn has plenty of experience under his belt. With 349 F1 starts and a championship title—as well as experience in World Rally Championship and NASCAR (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series in 2011)—he shouldn’t have a hard time adapting to the new race cars.

Which F1 driver would you like to see next in NASCAR? PHOTO FROM TRACKHOUSE RACING

If you’re wondering what managed to pull him out of retirement, it’s the Project 91 initiative, which is a way for the team to pull in “global superstars” from other racing disciplines to compete in NASCAR.

This means that Kimi’s one-off appearance won’t be the last time you’ll see a retired driver come out to drive in the most popular form of American motorsports. Perhaps we’ll see the likes of Mika Hakkinen give it a try?

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.