Daniel Ricciardo was messaged by Max Verstappen concerning the dimension of his smile whereas driving a Dale Earnhardt NASCAR at the USA Grand Prix, whereas a tweet from Dale Jr. gave him “goosebumps.”
The 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo is owned by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, who wager Ricciardo he may drive his hero’s automobile when he gained his first race for the workforce. The Australian duly did so in Monza and so the check was arrange at COTA, with Ricciardo carrying an open-face helmet to finish the run on Saturday morning.
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“It was hilarious,” Ricciardo stated. “I received again to my driver room after as soon as I received out of the NASCAR — I walked again — and my telephone lit up and it stated ‘Max Verstappen’ and he despatched me a screenshot of me down the straight with this large smile! And he stated, ‘Appears such as you loved your self!’
“So the open face was an excellent shout. It’s humorous, I believe Rachel (Brookes – Sky Sports activities reporter) tried to get a couple of phrases out of me after it and I don’t know, my adrenaline was nonetheless someplace up right here. I’m stunned I’m nonetheless awake now, however a bit of little bit of caffeine earlier than quali simply received me by means of it, so I’ll sleep effectively tonight.”
Responding to a tweet concerning the run, Dale Earnhardt Jr stated: “I’m completely happy for Daniel. I’m additionally appreciative for the way he celebrates my father. That makes a number of Dad’s relations and followers smile,” a message that Ricciardo took kindly to.
“That’s cool, that provides me goosebumps. I’m completely happy that it’s effectively acquired, that’s all I can say.”
Ricciardo can be operating an Earnhardt tribute helmet design at this weekend’s race.