Tuesday, 26 March, 2019

Alonso and Johnson to swap cars at end of F1 season

Alonso Johnson ride swap set for Nov. 26 in Bahrain Alonso Johnson ride swap set for Nov. 26 in Bahrain
Cassandra Castillo | 05 November, 2018, 17:53

Along with 32 career wins that included two victories in the Monaco Grand Prix, he also claimed the World Championship in both 2005 and 2006.

Johnson and Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso, who met in Charlotte in January during NASCAR's Media Day, will drive each other's race cars November 26 at Bahrain.

After a couple days of vacation, Johnson will join his team members at Abu Dhabi for the F1 season finale. I feel like there is a chance for that to start coming back.

But in light of a mutual tweet on Friday from both Alonso and seven-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, could NASCAR also be on Alonso's racing bucket list?

"It is the ultimate auto", Johnson said about testing the F1 vehicle.

Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson are to carry out a vehicle swap in Bahrain later this month. Johnson said the team "packed the container with plenty of tires and equipment to let him run as long as he wants to get the full experience, and they're offering that same thing to me".

According to NASCAR Talk's Dustin Long, Hendrick Motorsports shipped a auto October 9 to go by boat to Bahrain for Alonso to drive.

The answer is "yes", with Alonso getting his hands on Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports number 48 Chevrolet and the American jumping into the Spaniard's McLaren.

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The experience is already being referred to on social media as #JJxALO.

Johnson added that this wasn't going to be a brief stunt for the TV cameras like previous swaps between Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya at Indianapolis in 2003, and Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen in 2011.

The session will take place a day after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a race that Johnson and his Hendrick team-mates plan to attend as their season ended the week prior.

Motorsport.com has learned the plan is much more extensive than a typical "car swap" which has taken place before, including most recently in 2011 between F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and former three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) worldwide.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott was at MIS on the same day Bodine drove Luyendyk's vehicle.

"At least he gets to drive a vehicle". Although he has not made plans to compete in NASCAR, he has praised the Daytona 500's appeal.

To prepare, Johnson has done additional neck exercises because of the additional G-forces he'll endure in Alonso's auto.

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