MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi turns laps in NASCAR racecar

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi took got to drive something completely different Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Credit: Monster Energy
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi took got to drive something completely different Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Credit: Monster Energy
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi took got to drive something completely different Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Credit: Monster Energy

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi took got to drive something completely different Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The nine time champion climbed into a NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota normally driven by Kyle Busch and took some high speed laps around the 1.5 speedway located in the heart of NASCAR country.

After some coaching from Busch, who has three Nationwide Series wins the season the ride, known as ‘The Doctor’ to his fans, climbed into the Toyota and hit the track. After it was over Rossi emerged from the car grinning ear-to-ear.

“It was so cool to understand the feeling,” he said in a press release from Monster Energy who arranged the meeting. “I have a lot of friends from Europe and Italy who follow NASCAR. It looks like it’s a completely different type of racing than what we do in Europe and I expected something more like this –exciting, high speed and a great feeling in the corner. In the bank you have a lot of grip, so you are glued on the racetrack. It was great, I enjoyed it a lot. I love driving the race car, and I always have, so it was exciting to drive a NASCAR.” MORE>>>

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