F1’s Kimi Raikkonen to NASCAR in 2017

Raikkonen won nothing in NASCAR, and never will.  Why would he go back?
Raikkonen won nothing in NASCAR, and never will. Why would he go back?

If rumors hold any weight, the sun is setting on Kimi Raikkonen's Formula One career, and he may look to land in NASCAR. He started racing again with the Ferrari team in 2014 (after racing with them from 2007 to 2009) and has just three podium finishes in 39 races.

For the last year, many have speculated that Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo has his eye on Raikkonen's seat for 2017.

In the past, he raced in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series.

It's his NASCAR experience — one race in each the trucks series and Xfinity series in 2011 — that is fueling the latest rumors.

According to Tanja Bauer of Sky Sport News, Raikkonen could end up in a seat with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. It's all conjecture at this point. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner Tony Stewart is retiring at the end of the season and giving up his seat to Clint Bowyer. The team also employs drivers Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch.

Right now there doesn't seem to be room for Raikkonen [as the team is at the max of four cars/drivers]. So if he were to join SHR, it would mean a current driver would leave. The best scenarios for that would be either Harvick or Patrick taking a hike [but Harvick says he is staying and Patrick is signed thru 2018]. More at AutoWeek

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