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“As far as the Nationwide and Cup stuff goes, we haven't had any discussions on that. He has asked after the truck debut in Charlotte, which is what our first focus is, [to] kind of evaluate and see where he's at and how he feels and what he wants to do.”

“On the one hand, of course I'm not surprised considering all the experience possessed by Kimi and his world title,” added KBM general manager Rick Ren, “but on the other hand, it was a very pleasant surprise.”

Raikkonen's impressive turn-of-speed first time out did not surprise former McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Juan-Pablo Montoya, however, the Colombian having made the move across the Pond to NASCAR at the end of 2006. The 35-year-old is the first ex-F1 driver ever to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“Kimi has a lot of talent,” he reasoned. “He will be fine. If anybody could do it, it would be him.”




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