Something promised, something due! Daniel Ricciardo to drive one of his idol’s NASCAR Cup cars very soon Dale earnhardt, in accordance with a bet made with his boss at McLaren. After joining the Woking team at the start of the season, the Australian driver and Zak Brown had made a deal in case the former managed to land a podium this year with the British team.
Big fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr, of whom he has used number 3 in Formula 1 since 2014, Daniel Ricciardo therefore accepted Zak Brown’s proposal: to win the right to drive in a car of the American legend of NASCAR, who has passed away. accidentally in the Daytona 500 twenty years ago. Zak Brown owns one of the models driven by Dale Earnhardt, the 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, in his personal collection, which also has a number of F1 and Endurance cars.
Despite a difficult first part of the 2021 season, Daniel Ricciardo did better than meet the challenge launched by his boss as he gave McLaren their very first victory in eight years last month, in a memorable Italian Grand Prix. . The Australian even took a historic double for the team, ahead of his teammate Lando Norris.
The time has therefore come for Zak Brown to keep his promise and, as a symbol, it will probably be done on American soil, on the sidelines of the United States Grand Prix.
« I think it will be done in the next two months », Ricciardo confided last weekend in an Australian podcast. « I don’t know if it couldn’t even be done in the US. We’ll see. I know the car is based in Europe at the moment, but maybe they’ll send it to Austin to do some turns to Texas, to be in the American theme. «
The doubt is now raised on this question since McLaren has confirmed the information: Daniel Ricciardo will drive this legendary NASCAR car in Austin next week, on the Circuit of the Americas. Details of the demo have not been released yet, but everything suggests that the Australian will be able to fulfill his dream ahead of the Grand Prix weekend, as had done Kevin magnussen and Romain Grosjean at the house of Haas discovering NASCAR at the 2019 United States Grand Prix.