Sunday, August 19, 2012

NYC Lincoln Tunnel 190 mph

A publicity stunt to complete the missing Mid-Town Manhattan Tunnel?

Published on Aug 17, 2012 by
Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard ripped through New York's Lincoln Tunnel early Wednesday morning, reaching speeds in excess of 190 mph.

The Scottish driver flew under the Hudson river between New Jersey and New York City in under a minute, as part of a Red Bull Racing promotional tour for the Grand Prix of America scheduled for June next year.

[David Coulthard, Former Formula F1 Driver]:
"It's a weird attack on your senses when you go fast and you've got sort of this closure of the tunnel leading to the point. I was disappointed we couldn't go faster! We managed to do 190mph but I think it would have been great if we could have gone a bit quicker, but to have the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car from New Jersey to New York it's totally unique."

Earlier in the week, the 13-time winner on the F1 circuit drove the 2011 Red Bull car - last year's champion - around the planned street course of the Grand Prix of America, to test how the high performance vehicle handled the imperfections of the roads.

The race will become only the second street circuit, after Monaco, on the Formula 1 tour, taking drivers around the hills of New Jersey with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

The 2013 Grand Prix of America will become the second U.S. stop for Formula 1, with the United States Grand Prix in Texas hosting its inaugural race at the end of this year.

In the current Formula 1 season, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is leading the drivers standings, while Red Bull Racing is in pole position for the constructors title.

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