Date: 20th June 2011 at 1:41pm
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Former champions from the worlds of Formula One and Nascar swapped cars last week.

2008 Formula One World champion Lewis Hamilton handed over his championship winning McLaren to Tony Stewart the 1997 Indy Racing League champion and 2002 and 2005 Nascar champion.

While Hamilton jumped into Stewart’s Chevrolet Impala stock car for a drive around Watkins Glen International circuit.

?I?d always wondered what it would be like to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car, because it?s such a completely different experience from driving a Formula One car,? said Hamilton to the American press.

?Thanks to Mobil 1, I couldn?t have asked for a better opportunity today – not only did I get the chance to drive the car of Tony Stewart, a double NASCAR champion, but I also got to share that experience by giving him the chance to drive my Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One car too.

?NASCAR is a different world. Driving the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet was a massive change from what I?m used to, but Tony was an excellent teacher and I quickly found a good rhythm – those cars are raw and powerful! They?re fantastic fun to drive. It was a great day at Watkins Glen – this is a circuit with a great deal of Formula One history behind it: Emerson Fittipaldi won McLaren their first drivers? and constructors? titles here back in 1974 and it?s been fantastic to come here and take in some of that history.?