Kimi Raikkonen says he enjoyed his first NASCAR experience after testing this week for Kyle Busch Motorsports for the first time.
According to Raikkonen's ICE1 Racing group, the Finn completed over 400 laps at the half-mile Gresham Motorsports Park oval, working with KBM's engineers on various setup adjustments to familiarize himself with his new technical environment.
"It was a lot of fun, I really had no expectations or anything to compare it to beforehand but at the end of the day, I am really looking forward to the first race," said Raikkonen. "It seems like KBM is a top team and I am excited to work with them."
Kyle Busch was on hand to see the progress of the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion, who left a great impression on the team on what was his first run in a stock car, and also his maiden outing on an oval.
"On one hand, I am obviously not surprised at all with the type of experience Kimi has and his championship pedigree," said Kyle Busch Motorsports general manager Rick Ren. "But, on the other hand, I am very pleasantly surprised."
Although the team initially announced last Saturday that it had signed Raikkonen himself, ICE1 Racing now says it has entered into a partnership with KBM to run a limited race schedule for the Finn in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, starting on May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Perky Jerky was announced as a sponsor of Raikkonen for his NASCAR foray. Last October, the same brand had been announced as a sponsor for Richard Petty Motorsports, while the team was still under ownership from George Gillett Jr. His son Foster was linked to Raikkonen's NASCAR move initially, but Kyle Busch denied last weekend at Martinsville having any contact with him to put Raikkonen's deal in place.