De Silvestro’s old IndyCar for sale on eBay

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Want a piece of IndyCar history? It can be yours for $30,000.

Simona de Silvestro’s 2011 race car, which became a cult hero and Internet celebrity on its own thanks to her PR representative creating a Twitter account for the car (now closed), is up for sale on eBay.

The car itself was known as “Pork Chop,” as it was one of the oldest previous generation Dallara chassis, and underwent many repairs after accidents.

The car’s weight meant de Silvestro was at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the field, as she would need to ring more out of a heavier chassis in order to start higher up the grid.

“Pork Chop” – the backup car for HVM Racing – was pressed into action after the team’s newer chassis was destroyed in a practice accident at Indianapolis. De Silvestro suffered burns to her hand in the accident but managed to qualify the older, heavier backup car prior to Bump Day to lock herself into the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

And thus began the legend of “Pork Chop.”

 

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.