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Raikkonen to test with a KBM truck Monday

April 01, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen will test a truck fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports on Monday on the half-mile oval at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., reported and team sources confirmed Friday.

Raikkonen has been approved by NASCAR to compete in the May 20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Truck Series race at 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch was circumspect when asked about Raikkonen during his media availability Friday at Martinsville Speedway.

"I think that some of these guys from the Formula One, or from the open wheel background I should say, trying to take a step in NASCAR and see how it is is pretty neat," Busch said. "It kind of gives a world presence to NASCAR. Everybody thinks that Formula One is the world series -- I don't mean that in baseball terms I just mean that in the racing world globe.

"I think that NASCAR, as big as it is, a lot of drivers want to see how they can do over here and how they can have a feel for the race car over here. I think it's neat, and I hope that he gets the things worked out that he wants worked out and that he can come over here and run some trucks or run whatever he is going to run."

Busch said Raikkonen's possible debut in Charlotte was perhaps most convenient with respect to the Finnish driver's World Rally Car schedule, but Juan Pablo Montoya, a seven-time Formula One winner before making the move to NASCAR in 2007, said Charlotte might be a difficult venue for a maiden race.

"My first choice wouldn't be Charlotte to start my first race," Montoya said.