From the description:
This week, “Hamster,” so often found behind the wheel of a car, trains to be one of the key people tasked with changing the wheel in an actual INDYCAR race in Sonoma, CA.
Here, he’ll also get the opportunity to be driven around the racetrack in an INDYCAR by legendary driver MARIO ANDRETTI.
This episode follows an all new TOP GEAR Special: TOP GEAR TOP FAILS, Vol 2 at 9/8c
@thehamsterscage: Thank you Americans for kind comments re Crash Course season 2. I’m rather pleased with it and glad to hear you like it. Was fun.
Watch Richard Hammond’s Crash Course every Monday at 10/9c on BBC America
Avery trained Hammond to drive up a ramp at 40 miles per hour and roll over a car along the L.A. River, where Avery has staged stunts for movies including John Candy’s “Armed and Dangerous” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Under Avery’s tutelage, Hammond also performed a high-fall jump off the 6th Street bridge and learned how to throw fake punches in a fully choreographed fight sequence. Hammond was also thrown through a glass window and set on fire after he was coated with a special gel that protects the skin from burns.
“I probably put too much on him because it was dripping off him,’’ Avery recalled, “but he was game for it.”
Catch an encore presentation of the premiere episode of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course tonight at 10/9c on BBC America!
Watch every Monday starting October 22!
When they aren’t filming the international super hit Top Gear, hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond take some time to work on their own projects. In Hammond’s case, it seems those projects involve putting himself through immense levels of stress for Crash Course, his program for BBC America where he has a matter of days to master some of the most intense jobs in America.
He just seems to enjoy a good challenge. And he got one when I joined him in an unairconditioned Manhattan taxi on a blistering July day.
This is our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Hamster’s new show…
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Richard Hammond’s Crash Course premieres tonight, October 22, 2012 at 10/9c on BBC America
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We’re happy to report that Richard Hammond’s Crash Course will be back for Season Two:
Top Gear’s Richard Hammond is returning for the second season of Crash Course, which begins filming this week in Texas. The new eight-episode, 60-minute season, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC America, will land Hammond in some tight situations.
“This season, we’re pulling Richard out of his comfort zone and putting him through the ultimate crash course,” reports BBC America. “Hammond will immerse himself in uniquely American – often terrifying – vocations.”
In each episode of Season Two, Hammond has less than five days to master his assigned job ranging from conquering his fear of heights and jumping from the top of a bridge as a Hollywood stuntman to mastering his mad skills in a Harlem, NY barber shop. No word on a premiere date for this upcoming season.
We’re one day away from the US Premiere of Top Gear Season 18.