2007 F1 champ Kimi Raikkonen will make the leap to NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series this weekend, just one week after debuting in the American-based category’s Truck championship.
Räikkönen qualified 31st on his maiden outing and impressed many by ending the race 15th and on the lead lap. Now he will jump to the Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his final step ahead of an eventual baptism in the premier Sprint Cup championship. He will drive the number 87 Perky Jerky Toyota, run by Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“Last week, Kimi put on an incredibly impressive performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway by powering his Perky Jerky truck through half the pack”, said Brian Levin, founder and chairman of Raikkonen’s backers Perky Jerky. “Now with one speedway race under his belt, the world will be watching as Kimi Räikkönen brings the No. 87 Perky Jerky Toyota to the finish line in first place.”
Kimi’s Nationwide debut takes place this Saturday, May 27th.