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Raikkonen paying $100,000 for every race?

Former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will have to pay USD $100,000 for every NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start he makes with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2011, reports claim
Kimi Raikkonen will reportedly pay USD $100,000 for every race that he enters with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

At the weekend, it was confirmed that the former F1 World Champion has signed a deal to compete in 'between three-to-five races' in a KBM Toyota Tundra, fitting the outings in around his World Rally Championship commitments with the ICE 1 Racing Team and making his debut in next month's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway [see separate story – click here].

Raikkonen first tested his new toy around the half-mile Gresham Motorsports Park oval in Jefferson, Georgia on Monday, and according to Rue Frontenac, the 31-year-old Finn will have to pay USD $100,000 every time he competes.

The Canadian publication added that the 18-time grand prix-winner's plan is to 'pay for some truck races to raise interest and get a sponsorship budget for the Nationwide Series and possibly the Sprint Cup'.



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RawDawg

April 06, 2011 1:38 PM

He should use that money to run at Indy next month where he would actually have a chance of winning a couple of million dollars. Because he could win in an Indy car with a month of practice but won't be close after 4 or 5 NASCAR truck races. And he would be on such a prestigious list of racers who have won an F1 title and the Indy 500.

DJ David K - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 2:53 PM

I am both a nascar and f1 fan not to mention ferrari is my fav team. If kimi wanted to run at indy he would have but he has chosen to go the nascar route and who better for him to learn about the trucks than kyle busch. I think its good for nascar to have former f1 drivers come to nascar because it will open up a new fan base and hopefully bring more sponsorship into the sport which is what we need in all 3 of nascar's series. I can't wait to see how kimi does at charlotte next month. Look at montoya it took him a few yrs to get the hang of it but he runs up front every weekend and is only amount of time b4 he gets his first oval win. I think kimi with his f1 and rally background has the ability to eventually compete once he gets seat time. I think its a win/win.



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