Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen sees no negatives in making first NASCAR Cup Series start

While building a legendary career as a world champion driver in Formula 1,

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen also built a legendary persona as "The Iceman." On his way to 21 career wins in F1 and the 2007 world championship,

Raikkonen carried himself in a blunt and plain-speaking manner, best encapsulated in classic radio soundbites like,

"Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing" over the course of his Grand Prix career.

Raikkonen carried himself in a blunt and plain-speaking manner, best encapsulated in classic radio soundbites like,

"Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing" over the course of his Grand Prix career.

Considering that persona developed in an international setting,

 it could easily be said that Raikkonen was out of his element racing a NASCAR Cup Series car at Watkins Glen.

However, Raikkonen was very much in-character when asked why he would take the risk of trying -- and potentially failing in -- NASCAR.

After retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season,

 Raikkonen is making his NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend as the very first driver for Trackhouse Racing's Project91

,for international drivers. Although Raikkonen has previous experience in NASCAR,

having raced a pair of one-off starts in the Xfinity and Truck Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011,

 his trip to Watkins Glen marks his very first try at the very highest level in all of stock car racing.

For the 42-year-old Finn, the challenge of this weekend stems from trying to do as well as he can given what limits existed in how

 Raikkonen said. "We'll see where we stack up. I'm sure the very fast guys here,

 they do it as a professional for years. So it will be very hard, but we'll see what we can do."

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