Skid marks on the pavement, the smell of burning rubber and the sound of screeching tires were the telltale signs that a world class racer was on the road in New Jersey. Formula One Champion driver Sebastian Vettel was behind the wheel of a black Infiniti G37 Coupe treking down Boulevard East in Weehawken and West New York with the Manhattan skyline in the backdrop. The cities will host a 2013 Grand Prix next June. Vettel made history by taking laps around the course along with former Grand Prix winner David Coulthard. Coulthard's Infiniti was rigged with microphones and cameras.
The 24-year old German-born Vettel is use to putting the pedal to the metal with speeds upwards of 200 mph. Today, he said he didn't exceed 40 mph during his test run around the 3.2 mile circuit. A black Porsche SUV equipped with a camera crane and jib arm mounted with a video camera, captured the racer taking turns around the scenic road and doing doughnuts. Vettel drove his Red Bull car in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. He came in fourth place.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend next year's racing event, which will include practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday.
Vettel is scheduled to make an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight.