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Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart to swap seats for the day 10 May 2011

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and double NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion Tony Stewart. © McLaren Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 6 May 2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/26. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 7 May 2011

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will get to try out some rather different high-speed machinery when he trades cars with double NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion Tony Stewart during a special promotional event at the Watkins Glen International circuit in June.

Hamilton will be behind the wheel of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet Impala NASCAR stock car at the American circuit, while Stewart will try out McLaren’s MP4-23.

“I spend a lot of time in race cars, but this will be the first time I've been at the wheel of a NASCAR stock car,” said Hamilton. “Tony and I will have some fun with the swap and make sure we put on a good show. American race fans are massively enthusiastic about motorsports, so I hope to see a lot of them down at The Glen to see it firsthand.

“It’s a racers' circuit and will give us both the chance to understand the differences between the two styles of racing at this legendary track. Watkins Glen also has a particular connection to the team, as it is where McLaren won our first drivers’ and constructors’ world championship in 1974 with Emerson Fittipaldi. I’m looking forward to getting back there with the latest generation of McLaren’s machines!”

Stewart is equally enthusiastic about the prospect of sampling a Formula One car: “When you’ve been around competitive racing for as long as I have, you really look forward to new experiences. This car swap with Lewis is definitely one of those opportunities.

"I already have quite a bit of respect for what Lewis and the Formula One drivers and teams do, so to experience laps in the cockpit of a F1 car and see what Lewis can do in the Cup car is something I am really excited about.”

The swap will take place at Watkins Glen on Tuesday, June 14.

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