Mobil 1 releases “Smoke is the Bandit” (VIDEO)

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The term “soda cookies” entered the vernacular in 2013, thanks to a Mobil 1 ad featuring Tony Stewart and McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button.

For 2014, we don’t have a term as yet, but we do have a smiling “Smoke.”

And that in and of itself is newsworthy.

Although Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix on Sunday, his team owner was in a less than satisfactory mood after a 16th-place finish of his own, Danica Patrick’s struggles and Kurt Busch’s engine failure.

But in this video, Mobil 1 ends the 1:06 clip of a “Smokey and the Bandit” throwback-type ad featuring Smoke looking far more pleased than he was end of day Sunday.

See for yourself if this tops the 2013 spot that played throughout the year. And yes, we wonder if there’s more to come in this series.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”