Having seen Jenson Button line up a drive in one of Team Vodafone's Holden Commodore V8 Supercars next month, McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton looks set to get his own tin-top tryout - in NASCAR!
The Briton, who will partner Button at McLaren for a second season in 2011, is on course to swap seats with NASCAR legend Tony 'Smoke' Stewart in a promotional exercise on behalf of mutual sponsor Mobil1 during the summer, according to Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning.
The day will see Hamilton, who has little saloon-racing experience after making his way up the single-seater ladder to F1, try Stewart's #14 Chevrolet Impala, while the American - a former Indy Racing League champion - will squeeze himself into the cockpit of the Briton's 2010-spec McLaren. The runs are expected to take place at the infamous Watkins Glen International circuit, a former F1 venue, most likely while Hamilton and McLaren are on the trans-Atlantic leg of the grand prix schedule. Both cars will be race-ready and not show cars.
Hamilton's F1 rival Jarno Trulli tried his hand at NASCAR a year ago, and was rumoured to be considering a switch to the US-based series before signing with Lotus.
Button's run at Bathurst, in which he is set top swap cars with V8 veteran - and one time F1 hopeful - Craig Lowndes is set to take place prior to the Australian GP next month [see story here