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.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”