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Montoya: Kimi welcome in NASCAR
Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya reckons NASCAR would be good for Kimi Raikkonen and the Finn would be good for NASCAR.

Raikkonen, who left F1 at the end of 2009 to move to the World Rally Championship, confirmed earlier this week that he would be embarking on a NASCAR career later this year.

The 31-year-old will take part in some Truck series events before moving on to the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series.

"I am excited about getting to know NASCAR world. I have been following it for a long time," the 2007 F1 World Champ told Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper.

"I am 100 percent sure it will be fun and challenging."

And already the Finn has been welcomed by former McLaren team-mate Montoya, who reckons his participation in NASCAR would be good for the sport.

"Well, people talk a lot and I've heard the story already before, but if he's definitely coming it would be really good for him and for the sport," Montoya, who swapped from F1 to NASCAR in 2006, told Autosport.

"He would be very welcome here." Planet F1

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