Now here’s an announcement we wouldn’t have wagered on hearing…

Former World Champion Kimi Räikkönen has confirmed he will contest several NASCAR rounds this summer in his own ICE1 Racing team.

Finland’s Turun Sanomat has reported that the 2007 world Champion will start off in the Truck Series before he graduates to the Nationwide and Sprint Cup championship rounds.

The Finn will join forces with Foster Gillett – who will sign on as the team’s major partner – who previously worked with Richard Petty’s NASCAR team last year.

“I’m really looking forward to get there to familiarise to the world of NASCAR,” Räikkönen told the newspaper in its report.

“I have been following it for a long time. I know, it’s a very tough and open, top racing series. I just love the American spirit of racing. It feels just great to get involved with that. Obviously, it will be very challenging and great fun for me.”

The announcement will not affect Räikkönen’s involvement in the World Rally Championship, where he has a deal to compete in eight rounds of the championship in a Red Bull-backed Citroen.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.