Valentino Rossi tries out NASCAR

leadWe’re big fans of Valentino Rossi. He’s a nine-time MotoGP champion, once lapped within half a second of Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari F1 car, and cites Colin McCrae as his hero.

He is also, as you might have guessed, annoyingly good at driving really quickly. Case in point, this natty little video posted by Monster Energy. They decided to strap Mr Rossi and his leathers into a very big, very powerful and very noisy NASCAR racer, and told him to go and have some fun along the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Only it wasn’t just any old NASCAR racer, it was Kyle Busch’s Toyota Camry. And Kyle Busch, for fans of turning left better than you can, is pretty handy himself: he’s won the last three NASCAR Nationwide races, and boasts 55 career Nationwide wins.

He’s also very protective of his little baby. And it’s some baby: a 358 cubic inch (around 5.7-litre) V8 with 650bhp sits underneath, meaning the big black Toyota has a tendency to get a little… wayward. As Rossi himself explained: “At the beginning it was a bit strange because it’s difficult to go straight, but after some laps, I had a lot of confidence and I was able to go faster and faster and faster.”

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Yes, about that annoyingly good part. Kyle was on hand to note Rossi’s pace. He said: “He started out a little slow, which is fine, but every lap he picked it up a lot. He got to where he was running some competitive lap speeds – times that would put him in the top 15 in Nationwide Series practice. Pretty good for a guy on his first start.”

First start. Rossi literally hopped off the plane, jumped into a 650bhp V8-powered NASCAR and posted a top 15 time on his first attempt. Watch the video below. Then realise you’re nowhere near as multi-skilled-fast as Rossi. Sad face.

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Rossi would be a great guest for the reasonably priced car. He is bloody quick and a charmy chappy to boot.

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^What he said. Do it TopGear :D

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Very cool to see the collision of two worlds. I would bet good money that given a few races, Rossi could be looking at Gordon, Stewart, Earnhardt, and the rest of the big NASCAR names in his rear view mirror.

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i second majorscruff.rossi would be fantastic.given that he’s a motorsports demi god and the fact he’s into any motorsport i’m sure he’d love to come down and hang with the boys and stig.i also reckon he could top the f1 drivers board too.guys incredible

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I can only think that Tino’s man veg don’t work … he’s good looking rich, very good at everything he does … there’s got to be some down side for him for there to be an equalling.

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This a Nationwide car, which in other words, is like the GP2 cars of NASCAR. I would like to see The Doctor perfrom in a full blown Sprint Cup car.

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I wonder how is times compared to Kimi’s when he was in a Nationwide car a couple of years back?

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Kimi’s qualifying time was 29.896 and Rossi’s best time would’ve been good enough for him to qualify 15th. The 2012 15th place qualifying time was 30.591. The math is slightly convoluted but it stands to reason that Kimi was 0.695 seconds slower.

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*”Kimi was 0.695 seconds faster.”

Oops

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I’ll just revell in living in a sheltered world were I’m possibly faster at turning right
than Kyle.

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+1 Majorscruff, Rossi should be in the reasonably priced car. I bet he can be among the top 3

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HE IS THE REAL STIG…AND WITH THAT BOMBSHELL….

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Come on guys, this story is nearly 2 weeks old now.
As for putting him in the reasonably priced car….great idea.

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