Conor Daly secures last-minute GP2 test

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American driver Conor Daly has secured a last-minute test with a GP2 team in Abu Dhabi next week after a long and difficult winter spent searching for a seat.

Daly enjoyed his best-ever season in GP3 in 2013, as he finished the championship in third place with one win and five further podiums to his name. Having also run in two GP2 races and the Indy 500, it was a busy 2013 for him.

However, come the end of the year, Daly was left with few options, openly talking about the situation as he searched for a seat in 2014. In an interview with eRacing Magazine, Daly said: “I was able to win all across the world last year, had the most successful season of my career and showed what I could do on every corner of the planet.

“Unfortunately that doesn’t do much for you anymore! I have to stay positive but it has been a massive struggle so far.”

Thankfully for Daly, some good news came through today that he shared with his Twitter followers:

Should a seat come to fruition, Daly would join compatriot Alexander Rossi in GP2 for this season as both drivers continue their charge for Formula 1.

GP2 acts as the direct support series to Formula 1, allowing drivers to get a taste of the grand prix experience by following the main series around for eleven rounds of the year.

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.