Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson Are Going to Swap Seats

The two champs will meet at the Bahrain GP circuit on November 26th, just one day after Alonso runs his last F1 race.

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Fernando Alonso's retirement from F1 already looks like it'll be fun. Just one day after the Abu Dhabi GP, his last, Alonso will head to the Bahrain international circuit to swap seats with seven-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson. That means Alonso will drive Johnson's NASCAR stock car, and Johnson will get to try his hand at Alonso's McLaren-Renault.

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This should be good.

— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson)

The two drivers made the announcement today in identical tweets posted to their respective accounts. Their seat swap will take place on November 26th, but unfortunately, no more information was provided. We assume it'll be broadcast somewhere, and we'll update this story when we get some more details.

This isn't the first NASCAR/F1 seat-swap. At Indy in 2003, Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya switched cars, and current F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart did the same at Watkins Glen in 2011. Both make for a fun watch today.

There's a lot of speculation about what Alonso will do now that he's done with F1. For 2019, he'll continue the World Endurance Championship "super season" with Toyota, and an Indy 500 run looks like it might be a possibility, though not a full IndyCar series attempt. Maybe if the seat swap goes well, he'll find a way to run a NASCAR Cup race, too.

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