Kimi Raikkonen eyeing more NASCAR races after F1 career

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Kimi Raikkonen has said that he would like to do some more NASCAR races once he has retired from Formula 1.

Currently racing for Ferrari, the popular Finn has always said that he would end his F1 career with the Italian team, having returned to Maranello for the 2014 season after five years away.

During that period, Raikkonen spent two years out of the sport sampling a variety of other series, including NASCAR.

At the 2011 Top Gear 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (where he is pictured) Raikkonen finished 27th, one week after he had finished 15th for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 race as part of the Camping World Truck Series.

Speaking to CNN, Raikkonen said that he would like to race in NASCAR once again once he is done with F1.

“I really enjoy the whole NASCAR thing,” he said. “It’s just completely different and fun. It was a good experience. Hopefully I can do more some day.”

Raikkonen had said in the past that he would most probably retire at the end of his Ferrari contract, but he is now looking to extend this by another year to the end of the 2016 season.

“I have a contract for next year and probably for one more year, but I’m not a young guy anymore,” said the Finn, who turns 35 today. “I want to do something more with my life than just Formula 1.

“I will finish my career at Ferrari. I never lost the passion. I will stop the day when I feel I don’t enjoy it anymore.”

Raikkonen’s motivation has been brought into question many times this season due to his reserved and somewhat aloof nature. However, he does look set to remain with the team for next season, with Sebastian Vettel likely to join as Fernando Alonso’s replacement.

Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

Shimoda injured
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Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”

Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.

The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.

Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.

Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.

Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.

Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.

Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”