Hamilton looks to extend 100% record in America

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Lewis Hamilton heads into next weekend’s United States Grand Prix looking to extend his winning streak at the race that dates back to his debut season back in 2007.

The record might be slightly skewed as there have only been two races held in the U.S. since Hamilton’s debut with McLaren, but having won the races at Indianapolis in 2007 and the Circuit of the Americas last year, the Briton is yet to lose a grand prix on American soil.

“I am looking forward to going back [to Austin],” Hamilton explained. “I’d love to go back there and have a win. I love the track. What a turnout we had last year! It was one of the best races of the whole year. To come in on the first year and be one of the best races of the year was pretty spectacular.”

Hamilton has traditionally excelled in North America, boasting an impressive record at the Canadian Grand Prix with three wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In fact, Hamilton has failed to win just one race that he has finished in North America, coming third at this year’s race in Montreal.

The race dropped off the calendar at the end of the 2007 season before finally returning last year at the newly-built Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. However, the race was embraced and, as Hamilton explained, was one of the best of the season as he went toe-to-toe with Sebastian Vettel for the win. This year, there may not be a championship to play for, but it should still prove to be one of the season highlights as the F1 circus arrives in Austin next weekend.

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.