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.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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