Not live, but it will be televised Tuesday night:
dirt93 wrote:Are they going to televise this ?
Tony Stewart has driven an awful lot of fast cars in his career, everything from USAC Midgets to World of Outlaws sprint cars, IndyCar open-wheelers, dirt late models and, of course, his familiar No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Impala NASCAR Sprint Cup car.
But Tuesday at Watkins Glen International, Stewart will get to try on something even he has never driven before: Lewis Hamilton's Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 Formula 1 car.
Thanks to a promotion organized by Mobil 1, who sponsors both Stewart’s car and the McLaren F1 team, Stewart and Hamilton will take part in what’s being billed as the “Seat Swap.” Stewart will drive the McLaren, Hamilton will pilot the stock car.
SPEED and SPEED.com will be there for all the action, with live online updates, photos and videos, as well as the television special “Seat Swap: Hamilton vs. Stewart,” which airs on SPEED at 8 P.M. ET Tuesday.
The drivers will pilot each other’s car on the long course at The Glen, experiencing the 3.4-mile, 11-turn layout in the Finger Lakes region of New York. This is nearly one mile longer than the 2.45-mile short course the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams run on.
Stewart is psyched about the opportunity to drive the high-tech McLaren.
“It’s huge,” Stewart recently said of the opportunity on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on SPEED. “I’m really excited about it. Lewis and I got to do a commercial shoot earlier this year and he’s a great guy. I really enjoyed my time with him. I’m very excited about the opportunity to finally say I got to drive a Formula One car. So, the next thing … I’m hopefully going to get something set up with Schumacher Motorsports and get to test drive a Top Fuel dragster, too, so I’m bouncing all over the board but I want to check these things off the list before I get too old to do it.”
Bob Varsha, longtime voice of F1 on SPEED, hosts Seat Swap: Hamilton vs. Stewart with analysis from Larry McReynolds and Steve Matchett and Ralph Sheheen reporting from the pits at the road course.
“People tend to forget that Tony Stewart's resume includes an IndyCar championship, so he has that open-wheel experience to draw on,” Varsha said. “Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, has spent his entire career in high-downforce cars with lots of grip, so I think he has the greater challenge to get the most out of a heavy car that needs to slide around a bit to be quick. And having covered Hamilton for years, I'm sure he wants to experience everything the Cup car will give.”