Kimi Raikkonen tests Sprint Cup car

Updated: May 24, 2011, 6:32 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN

Kimi Raikkonen is wasting no time acclimating himself to NASCAR.

Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One world champion who finished 15th in his Camping World Truck Series debut Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, spent Tuesday testing a Sprint Cup car for Robby Gordon Motorsports at Virginia International Raceway.

"I called Robby because Kimi wanted to test a Cup car," said Todd Hirschfeld, who is managing Raikkonen's racing effort in the United States. "It worked out because Robby had another obligation. So Kimi is taking care of the car today, and Robby will show up tomorrow.

"And it's up to Kimi whether he stays tomorrow, heads back to Finland or stays to run the Nationwide race Saturday at Charlotte," he said.

Raikkonen has reportedly committed to running Saturday's Nationwide event, but Hirschfeld says otherwise.

"I've seen the story where he's committed to run the Nationwide race at Charlotte, but he has not told me personally whether he'll do it or not," Hirschfeld said. "There's a car and team ready to go, but Kimi himself has not yet committed.

"He's taking this whole experience day by day," Hirschfeld said. "I was told before I started working with him, but this is the truth -- Kimi does what Kimi wants to do."

Marty Smith is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage.

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