Former F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen has survived his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, finishing 15th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Finn started from 31st and seemingly struggled with the loose-handling truck – surviving two minor brushes with the wall – but steadily worked his way up the order thanks to incidents further up the road.

After staying out and not pitting during a few caution periods, he ran inside the top-ten, but struggled with wearing tyres and fell to 15th by the chequered flag.

“The racing was fun, it’s a new thing but too many cautions,” Räikkönen said after the finish.

“Every time when you start feeling that the car is working better then you have a caution and it takes a long time before the handling comes back.

“I hit [the wall] in the beginning and then I hit much harder, thought I had destroyed the car. It ran really well before the pitstop and once we got the heat in the tyres it sent the pressures up but I think it cost a bit when I hit because we damaged the side too much. Handling was okay, but just with the longer runs we could have improved a bit, just because the car was better and better during the long runs.

“[The racing] was more fun than I expected,” he added. “There’s still a lot to learn and improve but I think we didn’t have any major issues.”

[Video via FOX Sports]

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