• Jun 15, 2011
Tony Stewart and Lewis Hamilton at Watkins Glen – Click above for high-res image gallery

As far as racing disciplines go, F1 and NASCAR may appear to have about as much in common as soccer and the NFL; they may be classified under the same banner, but that's about the extent of it. But recent years have seen more crossover than ever before.

Juan Pablo Montoya may be the first among contemporary F1 drivers making a name for themselves in NASCAR, but he's hardly the last. Scott Speed has made the jump, as has Kimi Raikkonen. And there's sure to be more to follow. But the latest crossover just took place at Watkins Glen, where Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart – both champions in their own series – swapped cars for the day, just as planned.

Stewart slithered into the cockpit of Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23, while Hamilton climbed into Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet Impala. The experience was a first for Hamilton, who was keen to put his disastrous weekend in Montreal behind him and have a little fun. And it was a first for Stewart too, but this wasn't the first time he drove an open-wheel racer, having wracked up the IRL title in 1997, or his first time at The Glen, where NASCAR races every year.

The track is one of the few in the world to have hosted both NASCAR and F1, making this an ideal meeting place for a bit of a culture clash, enabled by Mobil1, which sponsors both their cars. Follow the jump for two videos documenting the encounter along with the brief press release, and check out the high-res images in the gallery for a closer look.





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Formula 1™'s Hamilton & NASCAR's Stewart Trade Rides in "Mobil 1 Car Swap"
Shared Mobil 1 lubricant technology partner paired champion drivers today for exhibition at Watkins Glen International®

Mobil 1 brought Formula 1™ World Champion Driver Lewis Hamilton and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart together earlier today to swap race cars at the legendary Watkins Glen International in the Finger Lakes Region of New York in the United States.

The teams' shared lubricant technology partner, Mobil 1, the world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, orchestrated the event to showcase the Mobil 1 brand's more than 30 years of supporting motorsports champions and renowned race teams worldwide.

In front of a crowd of enthusiastic race fans and motorsports journalists from around the globe, Hamilton took laps in Stewart's No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet Impala, while Stewart climbed into the cockpit of the team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23.

The drivers each enjoyed a few laps around the long course at The Glen, experiencing the 3.4-mile, 11-turn lap circuit.


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      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      I attended this yesterday, and I think I had nearly as much fun watching as they had driving. That was an event I'll never forget!
      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was there for this yesterday (only live 15 min away) and it was awesome - even with crappy weather. Hearing the McLaren fly down the front straight was incredible. I actually JUST got my video uploaded tonight... couple runs from the front stretch and then the heel of the boot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-tjwsw2AYk
      Gonzo_13
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a great thing to see that beautiful MP4-23 on the track again.
      jdshanks3000
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Lewis get into one of Tony's WOO sprint cars over at Eldora. If he thought it was fun to drive the Nascar..... Also, it's not illegal to like both Nascar and F1. I've got posters of both in my garage. I really don't understand the obsession with comparing them either. It's like comparing drag racing to karting, two different sports really. One F1 car costs as much as an entire Nascar field.....ummm, yeah, it will perform better. F1 is the supermodel, Nascar is the pretty hot chic next door.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Watched this last night on Speed Channel. Was a great hour special. Both shown surprise and respect for each others car and I think if anything Tony Stewart was more impressed by the F1 than Hamilton was by the Nascar. I just wish they'd have a F1 race again at The Glen again and have it say the week before Nascar shows up. Now that would be a awesome two weeks in the Walkins area!
      Eric
      • 3 Years Ago
      I believe both drivers enjoyed themselves. Good watch. Lewis is a funny guy - as is Tony.
      Philthy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another non-working Autoblog photo gallery. Huzzah!
      david opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      loved watching this. i new they would both do well and it seems like tony persuaded lewis to run the prelude to the dream at eldora speedway...OHH YEA that gonna be plenty interesting too see haha i really cant wait now should be great.!
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would watch NASCAR all day long if they ran road courses! We need our own V8 supercars style series.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pwr2lbs
        [blocked]
      Junkyard Willie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought NASCAR seats were made of wood?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        Did you happen to go by the name "Gruv" on the original comment system? Because your constant hate for NASCAR is getting quite tired, just like Gruv's comments were. In fact, I believe you are Gruv, just under another name so you don't have to deal with the constant ridiculing you received under the Gruv name. If you don't like the sport, then don't read the article. Better yet, don't comment. You don't see us NASCAR fans commenting on your F1 articles (except for once when I showed how it was when someone puts down your beloved sport).
          Autoblog
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          "You don't see us NASCAR fans commenting on your F1 articles (except for once when I showed how it was when someone puts down your beloved sport)." bs, I see you trying to do that all the time and you fail miserably.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Uh mind showing me when I did? Oh wait, you can't. Wanna know why? Because it never happened except for that one instance. By the way, nice way of making AutoBlog look bad by naming yourself after the website.
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lewis: "Hmmm. The car feels pretty heavy. Almost lumbering through the corners, but not quite. The redline on the tach hints that it's running on diesel. It's not running on diesel, though, is it?" Tony: "Oh, my GOD! WOW. The acceleration is INCREDIBLE! And that NOISE! It's engine is HOW big? And it pulls like THAT? WHAT? My neck REALLY hurts. Ouch..."
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      And he DID TURN right ....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Well considering NASCAR does use this track, I'd say he didn't have trouble doing it. Oh and Tony Stewart used to race open wheel before coming to NASCAR. More NASCAR hating comments from "Myself" that includes the worst possible insults on the sport.
          LoneWolf
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Wait, you want people to think and read before they post? How unrealistic and naive of you...
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