It was far from flawless, but 2007 Formula 1 champ Kimi Raikkonen finished 15th in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
After starting 31st, Raikkonen brushed the wall in Turns 3 and 4 on the second lap of the race. But he was able to stay out until the first caution came out and had the fender damage on pit road.
The race was marred by crashes — it had 10 cautions — and Raikkonen moved up to sixth early in the race thanks to not pitting under subsequent cautions. But since he stayed out, he was faced with pitting under green and was saved by his car owner, Kyle Busch (who predictably won the race) when he caused a caution by spinning in Turn 4.
From then, Raikkonen settled comfortably into the mid-teens. He scraped the wall at least once more and had numerous slides up the track as he tried to feel the truck's handling out with other vehicles on the track.
Back in 2006, Juan Pablo Montoya, perhaps Raikkonen's closest comparison given their backgrounds, started ninth and finished 11th in his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series at Memphis Motorsports Park, a short track.