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Hamilton to try NASCAR

Lewis Hamilton looks set to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car as he and Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart swap seats during the summer.
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].



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daytona81 - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 2:35 PM

@deepindaheartoftx, you have zero room to talk. NASCAR has had black drivers before in recent years and has had zero problem with racism at the track the results in controvers, whereas Formula has had plenty of Racism towards Hamilton. i love how people are to ignorant to NASCAR.



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