There is worth to the Sprint Cup All-Star Race beyond a sizeable purse and a year's worth of bragging rights. Just a week before the Coca-Cola 600 marathon, the All-Star Shootout is a test session in microcosm, according to two-time winner Jimmie Johnson.
Is Kimi Raikkonen serious about pursuing a career in Sprint Cup? It sure sounds like he is, based upon his released statement before testing for Kyle Busch's Camping World Truck team Monday and Tuesday at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia. Raikkonen has a multi-race deal with Busch for this year, starting at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa was declared the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix after McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who was first over the finishing line, was given a 25-second penalty for an illegal maneuver and demoted to third.
Kimi Raikkonen has entered a jetboat race dressed as a gorilla under the name of deceased Formula One legend James Hunt, Felipe Massa goes shopping for watches and Lewis Hamilton loves listening to Chaka Demus & Pliers.
The flying Finn Kimi Raikkonen starts his second season with Ferrari highly favored to claim back-to-back drivers' championships but McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, the star of 2007, leads a pack of young talent determined to ruin his plans.
And so it ended how it began, with the initial favorite -- and highest paid driver -- taking the glory of the 2007 Formula One World Championship. But, for much of the season right up to immediately before yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen seemed the man least likely to succeed of the three drivers in contention for the title.
Formula One doesn't have the Chase, and its technical specifications allow equipment to be as unequal as money can buy. It's diametric to the Nextel Cup in how many teams and drivers have a chance to win the championship in a typical season.
Lewis Hamilton's shock retirement from the Chinese Grand Prix has set up a grandstand finale to a thrilling and controversial 2007 season. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone could not have wished for a better conclusion to a year filled with surprise, intrigue, espionage and infighting -- for the third time this decade, the driver's championship goes down to the wire.
Kimi Raikkonen won the first Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul on Sunday and Renault's title favorite Fernando Alonso snatched second place after a mistake by Raikkonen's McLaren team mate Juan Pablo Montoya.