• Feb 28, 2011
Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton will take the wheel of Tony Stewart's #14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet at Watkins Glen. For lending Hamilton his car, Stewart will get the opportunity to try out the 2010 McLaren MP4-25. While both men are likely to come away shaky in the knees and with a better understanding of each other's racing worlds (as did Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya when an earlier swap was arranged) this isn't just two random pals tossing their respective keys to each other.

The common link between Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart is sponsor Mobil1 – the same petrochemical company who had the former rendered in its own oils in the painting at right. According to ESPN, the swap, which will happen as an exhibition this summer, won't be a boulevard cruise. Both cars will have their respective race teams travelling with them for tuning, giving Stewart and Hamilton the opportunity to fully terrorize themselves in these two very disparate race cars. Thanks for the tip, David!

[Source: ESPN | Image: Exxon Mobil]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I just pray that Lewis doesn't end up driving for NASCAR a few years from now like Juan Pablo did after driving Jeff Gordons in Indianapolis
        • 3 Years Ago
        He might. F1 offers a sickening amount of money and fame, but doesn't offer much to a real racer. You try to race the car instead of drive it, you get a lot of complaints very fast.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually think Stewart will have a more impressive showing in the F1 car than Hamilton in the NASCAR... Stewart is no stranger to open wheel cars at all... He's been an IndyCar and USAC champ... Granted that was a LONG time ago but he still gets his kicks every once in a while in midgets and a late models.
      • 3 Years Ago
      (Insert ignorant NASCAR joke, intended to make poster feel superior)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually that is Obama in the picture. In addition to being the Messiah he dabbles in stock car racing and a little SCCA. No wonder why he has been absent in the middle east crisis.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Track-wide cautions are much more common on oval tracks than circuits where the cars are more spread out and you end up running into sand and grass before hitting a wall. Cautions does not make a race worse. In fact, what causes the cautions also causes the race to be a little more exciting.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Guess you missed this years Daytona 500 which had a record number of lead changes and leaders. (74 lead changes among 22 drivers)"

        Wasn't there also a record number of yellow flags? Wasn't it like 16 cautions?

        That's not a procession, it's good racing... er wait.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I look forward to seeing this. Last time JPM did much better than Gordon in the switch, but Gordon didn't have any real open wheel experience. Tony has quite a bit of open wheel experience so I predict it will be a little closer. That being said...it'll always be easier to hop in a stock car since it is at least familiar to a road car. Open wheel is only like open wheel, no frame of reference for the unfamiliar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd beg to differ. If you watch the video it's pretty easy to see just how well Jeff Gordon was doing and how much he loved it. His cornering seemed spot on and he really looked like he had a blast. JPM on the other hand was taking the track a bit slow. Grant it, that's probably because he's not used to it, but Jeff Gordon really looked like he was a real F1 driver there.

        Here's the vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_IfM5X7QIU

        just my two cents...
      WilsonDcw3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Tony brings a change of underwear and plenty of Old Spice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing it's the 2010 F1 car. That thing is toast when Tony gets to the first right turn.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Every year Tony races at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, both NASCAR events. Maybe he does the Nationwide series as well if they race at those tracks. So yea, Tony will have no trouble turning right.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess McLaren is gonna have to make a wide-body version of the MP4-25. Good news for Tony though is that he doesn't have a whole lot of neck so he shouldn't have as much trouble with the g-forces.
        • 3 Years Ago
        He just recently lost 60lbs...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Speaking of fat: I seem to remember that in 1994 Nigel Mansell was considered as a mid-season substitute driver by Mclaren, but found that he was too fat to fit the car and Mclaren was unwilling to make another car that could accommodate his girthsomeness.

      But, then again, I'm old and this may be an urban legend.

      I think that Lewis and Stewart are well matched. Both have a lot of experience in a wide variety of cars and have shown outstanding results in all.

      I think Stewart may have the upper hand in this one though. He's driven lots of smaller powerful cars. I doubt Lewis has much experience in a car as big and heavy as a NASCAR, unless it's his own personal car.

      I'll watch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      McLaren MP4-12C > Chevy Monte Carlo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yup that reply to a post didn't work at all
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