Hamilton wants to give NASCAR a go
By Alan Baldwin
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hopes to give NASCAR a go one day after singing the praises of the U.S. stock car series on Thursday.
Hamilton attended the season-ender at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida last weekend to witness the final race of his friend and four-times champion Jeff Gordon.
"I'm a big fan of his. He's a legendary dude and a really nice guy. We have always been very supportive of each other, messaging each other after our races and so on," the Briton said in a column for the BBC.
"He told me that this was his last year and I thought, 'I've got to make it to a race because I've never been to a NASCAR race before'. So I dropped everything I had and flew out to Florida just for that day and had an amazing time.
"It made me want to drive one, I really fancy a race in NASCAR one day. I'm not sure I'd do an oval but possibly a street circuit or road course."
Speaking to reporters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton suggested the series could also teach Formula One a thing or two about fan engagement.
"There were definitely some things that for sure they do a lot better than us," he said. "There were for sure things that we could learn from them.
"It was a great show, a great spectacle, particularly for the fans. A bit like DTM (German Touring Cars), the fans get very, very close to the garages in the background and to the drivers...it was a really cool event." Continued...