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Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart swap cars at The Glen

"I have spoken to a lot of people during the weekend," insisted Hamilton. "I know all the mergers, the bosses, all the teams. I know Stefano Domenicali ... I know Christian." But he insisted he was happy where he was: "I'm again just very fortunate to be a part of McLaren. It's one of the best teams there, again with great history. We have a car that is capable of winning, as my team mate showed at the weekend."

The Hamilton/Stewart car swap was planned and announced before Kimi Raikkonen - another former McLaren driver - made his foray into the world of NASCAR Trucks and Nationwide series events. The 2007 F1 world champion is now back in Europe with his WRC team and has yet to say whether he will pursue more NASCAR appearances in the future.

In another inter-series car swap event in mid-March this year - this time organised by the Chip Ganassi organisation - former IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon briefly traded cars with NASCAR's Jamie McMurray in an non-publicised event. Dixon ran a stock car at Talladega Superspeedway while McMurray got to try out an IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park.

'I didn't want to come in," said McMurray afterwards, who drives for Earnhart Ganassi Racing in NASCAR Sprint Cup. "I was excited to drive an IndyCar but I had no idea the experience would be like that. It felt as if I never turned the wheel, it was that smooth."

Ganassi IndyCar driver Dixon found just getting in the most surprisingly challenging part of a stock car. "They're definitely pretty hard to get in and out of," he said at the time. "I thought ours would be more difficult, but you just come from the top and slide. Here you've got to 'Dukes of Hazzard' style and slide through the window. And then get your legs in, and there's things you can hit your head on."

Seems like each series has its own unique set of challenges!

See the pictures from the Mobil 1 Car Swap.

See video of the car swap event.




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IndyCar star Scott Dixon gives NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray some tips about driving an IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park in March 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
IndyCar star Scott Dixon gets some pointers about how to drive Jamie McMurray`s NASCAR stock car at Talladega Superspeedway in March 2011. [Picture credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
IndyCar star Scott Dixon and NASCAR star Jamie McMurray pose with their cars at Talladega Superspeedway in March 2011. [Picture credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
NASCAR star Jamie McMurray tries out the cockpit of an IndyCar for size at Barber Motorsports Park in March 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
IndyCar star Scott Dixon finds that even getting into the NASCAR stock car is a whole new experience (March 2011) [Picture credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart (left) and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (right) pose for a photo on the start-finish line at Watkins Glen International on June 14 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. [Picture Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images for Mobil 1]
Lewis Hamilton drives the F1 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 alongside Tony Stewart, driving the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, during the Mobil 1 Car Swap at Watkins Glen International on June 14 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. [Picture Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images for Mobil 1]
Lewis Hamilton driver of the F1 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23, inspects the car of Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, during his seat fitting during the Mobil 1 Car Swap at Watkins Glen International on June 14 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. [Picture Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images for Mobil 1]
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Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Belkin/Wemo Chevrolet SS qualified for second position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, races to win with Kyle Larson, driver of the 42 Target Chevrolet SS beside him finishing in eighth place Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne, a Hendrick Motorsports driver, is in the Chase. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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