“I don’t see any risk,” Kimi Raikkonen Enters Watkins Glen with a “What do I have to lose” attitude for his cup debut


“I don’t see any risk,” Kimi Raikkonen Enters Watkins Glen with a “What do I have to lose” attitude for his cup debut

Kimi Raikkonen

Justin Marks’ brilliant business and marketing skills played a significant role in Trackhouse Racing’s success which put them in conversation among the best team right now and is not simply restricted to the success the No. 1 and No. 99 Camaro ZL1s brought in. One of his most recent and possibly most ambitious initiatives is PROJECT91, which offers champion drivers from various auto racing leagues a ride in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Kimi Raikkonen, the former F1 world Champion with Scuderia Ferrari in 2011, will be the first ever driver to enter the cup series through the initiative as he will hit the track running on Sunday at Watkins Glen Road course racing. Though the race will not be the Iceman’s NASCAR debut, as he already has made his Truck and Xfinity series debut,  it will mark the cup race entry of the driver who announced his retirement six months ago.

Kimi Raikkonen has nothing to lose entering the track on Sunday, as matching the racing product of his teammates Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain will be a milestone performance for the Finnish generational talent. Now the Ex-F1 superstar has come forward himself, acknowledging that he doesn’t have any burden of expectation on Sunday.

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Find out what Kimi Raikkonen said

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Suarez

Kimi Raikkonen acknowledged that he and the No:91 crew has prepared as well as they could with the limited time they had as per the rule and regulations and added it’s been great so far for him, saying, “I think we’ve prepared as well as we could for the limited amount of anything, obviously with how the rules are…So far, it’s been great,”.

Kimi Raikkonen said that he doesn’t see any kind of risk in racing in the cup series as he doesn’t have anything to lose and added that he does not care about his bad results in NASCAR or any of the racing series. He pointed out that he does the racing for himself, and good or bad results at the end don’t make any difference as one can have one or twenty bad races at the same time.

I don’t see any risk. Why not? What do I have to lose? That I‘ve done bad in a NASCAR race or bad in any race? I don’t care. I do it for myself. Good or bad result, it could happen even if I did 20 races. They all could be bad for many different races,” Kimi Raikkonen said.

Kimi Raikkonen went on to say that he didn’t see anything negative about PROJECT91 and acknowledged that it’s a grand gesture from Justin Marks and co to give drivers from Europe a chance. He added that he knows there are a lot of drivers who wish to have this opportunity from Europe though it’s hard, and said that he hopes to see such drivers coming into cup racing in the future.

I don’t see anything negative. I think it’s great. But what Justin and the team are doing to give a chance to those from Europe … I’m sure there’s a lot of drivers that would like to have a chance and try, but it’s not very easy. So maybe it opens some doors that in future there’s more chance to try to get more Europeans,” Kimi Raikkonen added.

Can the nothing lose attitude come to benefit Kimi Raikkonen at Watkins Glen?

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