Tony Stewart and Lewis Hamilton to drive each others' cars
Tony Stewart has been fast in every discipline he's driven in. Now, we'll get a chance to see how fast he is in a Formula 1 car.
Stewart, the two-time Sprint Cup champion who has won the USAC Triple Crown and the IndyCar Series title will switch cars with 2008 Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton at an exhibition at Watkins Glen this summer.
Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon did something similar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2003, when Montoya was in the Formula 1 Series. Hamilton currently drives for McLaren Mercedes and McLaren has partnered with NASCAR to develop the implementation of fuel injection in the Sprint Cup Series.
This swap was arranged by Mobil 1, which sponsors both drivers. Both race teams will accompany the drivers to Watkins Glen and tune the cars. Hopefully each will take some laps in their own cars before the switch so that we can compare lap times. (We'll let you insert your own joke about Stewart fitting into Hamilton's car here)
No, that 2003 switch wasn't the impetus for Montoya's eventual switch to NASCAR, so don't expect Hamilton to be driving a third car for Stewart-Haas anytime soon. Of course, no one thought at the time that Montoya would eventually be in the Cup Series. (And no one thought that Kyle Busch would actually be driving for the never-existent USF1 team in 2011 either)