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David Coulthard has become the first man to drive a Formula 1 car around the streets of New Jersey. The same roads will play host to the Grand Prix of America next season, with the event promising to be the highlight of the calendar in June.
In a full-length video which will soon be released by Red Bull, the championship runner-up of 2001 drove an F1 car though the Lincoln Tunnel (top) at speeds of up to 190 miles per hour. He also navigated the Port Imperial street circuit, complete with a New York City skyline backdrop. On Monday came a tour of Liberty State Park which included the car playing The Star-Spangled Banner, the US national anthem, on its engine.
“I'm really looking forward to seeing what the final video looks like,” said Coulthard, now F1 commentator for the BBC. “We've done Liberty State Park, the Lincoln Tunnel and the race track for next season. Bringing all those elements together, the combination of the high-speed stuff with the tracking shots, we're going to end up with something that will be really entertaining for the fans. The fans are already asking me on my Twitter account when they can see the footage, so there is a lot of excitement about Formula 1 coming to America.”
The Grand Prix of America will become the second USA race in F1, as the United States Grand Prix returns this November with a brand-new venue in Austin, Texas.
The trailer of Coulthard's outing can be viewed on YouTube.
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