LINCOLN TUNNEY, NJ/NY (CBS) -- Former Formula 1 driver, David Coulthard, ripped through the Lincoln Tunnel early Wednesday morning (August 15) reaching speeds in excess of 190 mph (305 km/h).
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 of 2013.
"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!" Coulthard said after the early morning drive.
"We managed to do 190mph (305kp/h), 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 totally unique. Don't suppose I'll get that chance again -- don't suppose many people have really done that -- so, yeah I think we were probably the fastest to have gone through there," he added.
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 would be only the second street race, after Monaco, on the Formula 1 tour taking drivers around the hills of New Jersey overlooking the Hudson River with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
"You know, I've been in a tunnel at 2:30 in the morning, I've been in and around New Jersey and Manhattan, seeing things that I wouldn't have normally taken the time to see, so I get to drive a Formula 1 car for fun! What's not to like about that?" described Coulthard who became a test driver and F1 ambassador for Red Bull after retiring from racing.
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.
Currently, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso leads the two Red Bull drivers, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in the driver's standings while Red Bull Racing leads McLaren-Mercedes and Lotus Renault for the constructors title.