Mika Salo, One Step Closer to NASCAR

After completing, successfully, a first test with Michael Waltrip Racing, former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo is now seriously considering a full 2010 season in the Nationwide Series. After completing the test run at the New Smyrna Raceway in Florida, behind the wheel of a Cup-spec Toyota Camry, the Finn is even considering a Sprint Cup entry for 2011.

"Two things were new to me: driving a big NASCAR and driving on an oval," Salo was quoted as saying by Autosport. "It felt comfortable in the car from the beginning and I could feel the changes we made to the car."

"It's all about the money. If my sponsors are happy, it will happen. The plan is to learn the racing and learn the tracks in Nationwide and then move up to the Sprint Cup in 2011."

After ending his F1 career, Salo seem to have set his mind on a NASCAR entry as soon as possible. The Finn has been looking for a team for some one year now and the recent test with (MWR) made some speculate this is where we will find Salo next year.

Salo's test run was accompanied by the one from Jarno Trulli, the second F1 driver to have gotten behind the wheel of a Michael Waltrip Racing Sprint Cup car.

The two have been watched and judged by former McLaren chief engineer Steve Hallam, now MWR's executive vice president for competition.

Both Jarno and Mika have done really well. They have both delivered competitive lap times. They bring a different perspective to our ears,” Hallam said.
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