Alonso and John­son will swap For­mula 1 and NASCAR in Abu Dhabi later this month

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Two-time For­mula 1 world cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso will swap cars with NASCAR su­per­star Jim­mie John­son at the end of this month.

The car swap will take place at Bahrain’s Sakhir cir­cuit on No­vem­ber 26, the day af­ter the F1 sea­son fi­nale in Abu Dhabi.

Mo­tor­sport News 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 three-time NASCAR Cup cham­pion Tony Stew­art at Watkins Glen, and pre­vi­ously with Jeff Gor­don and Juan Pablo Mon­toya in 2003.

Fol­low­ing the NASCAR sea­son fi­nale at Home­stead, John­son will depart for Lon­don to spend time at Mclaren’s fac­tory, where he will spend sev­eral hours us­ing the team’s F1 sim­u­la­tor.

John­son, a seven-time Cup cham­pion, will then join his Hen­drick team mem­bers in Abu Dhabi for the F1 sea­son fi­nale.

His NASCAR crew will be matched with their coun­ter­parts on Alonso’s team for a cou­ple of days be­fore de­part­ing for Bahrain, where they will set up one of John­son’s #48 Chevro­lets, which is al­ready be­ing trans­ported via sea freight.

Stew­art and Hamil­ton in 2011, in­set: Mon­toya and Gor­don

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