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Raikkonen approved to run Charlotte trucks

Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 6:29 am

Former Formula One champion Kimmi Raikkonen has received approval from NASCAR to compete in the Camping World truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20th.

Raikkonen is slated to make his debut in the truck series later this summer with a team that includes former Richard Petty Motorsports principal Foster Gillette as a partner. Gillett's father George was the owner of RPM before financial issues forced them to sell the remaining assets of the team to an investor group led by Richard Petty.

However Ray Evernham, who merged his team with the Petty organization in a business transaction with the Gilletts, had some strong words for the family's intention to return to NASCAR.

Evernham has filed a $16 million lawsuit against Gillett for money he believes is still owed.

"I honestly can't believe it will happen," Evernham said on Sirius NASCAR Radio's "Sirius Speedway" program. "I can't see how (the team" will be able to get parts and pieces. I can't imagine anyone doing business with (Gillett) considering the past history.

"That's just my opinion but the facts are there. There are a lot of people out there who are still owed a lot of money. It's a joke."

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