Two of racing’s most talented drivers, Wilson and Larson, share birthdays

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Two of the most talented drivers in their respective disciplines share a birthday on Wednesday. IndyCar’s Justin Wilson turns 35, while NASCAR rising star Kyle Larson has hit the magic age of 21.

Wilson, who’s got a busy second half of 2013 lined up with commitments in both IndyCar and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, heads to Mid-Ohio this weekend for the Honda Indy 200 looking for his first podium finish since Detroit race one in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

“I love racing at Mid-Ohio,” Wilson said in a release. “It’s a great track. I always go fast there. I love the lay­out and elevation changes. The way the car moves around doing that is a lot of fun. It’s a rewarding track when things go well. Qualifying is key at Mid-Ohio so hopefully we can start toward the front, have a straightforward race, and come away with a good result. The championship is very close right now and a couple good finishes could put us right up there into the top-five.”

Meanwhile Larson is a week removed from his starring role in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ debut on dirt, at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. He’ll be headed to Iowa this weekend in his normal role, driver of the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. And given there’s a bunch of dirt around in Iowa – Knoxville and the like – it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the young wheel man at a local short track there, either.

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.