TUSC: Injured driver Matteo Malucelli out of hospital after Rolex 24 crash

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Risi Competizione’s Matteo Malucelli has been released from a Daytona Beach, Florida hospital after his involvement in a harrowing crash with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s Memo Gidley during Saturday’s opening hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

According to a team release, Malucelli will be heading home to Italy. The release also has the team sending its best wishes to Gidley, who has undergone surgical procedures to his left arm and leg and will need another procedure done for a fracture in his back before he too is released from the Halifax Health Medical Center.

During the third hour of the race, Malucelli and his No. 62 Ferrari 458 Italia reportedly lost power coming out of the International Horseshoe turn in the infield section of Daytona’s road course. Gidley, driving the pole-sitting No. 99 Corvette DP, then slammed into him from behind in a violent crash that sent the Ferrari airborne and sprayed debris across the track.

The incident eventually brought out the red flag, and almost 90 minutes of racing were lost under the red and yellow caution flags before the green came back out to resume the event.

Before his release, team PR representative Fiona Miller tweeted this picture of Malucelli and his young son at the hospital. After his brutal accident with Gidley, it makes you very thankful that both men are now starting to recover and are still around for their families.

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.