The potential busiest racing weekend of the year is on tap

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Two weekends ago, we had racing’s grandest weekend with the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600.

But the second weekend in June might be the busiest, worldwide, for motorsports.

Here’s an outlook and a way to help you plan your calendar of races accordingly:

NASCAR

  • Sprint Cup Series, Pocono Raceway, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, 9 p.m. ET

FORMULA ONE

  • F1, Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Sunday, 2 p.m. ET (NBC)

INDYCAR

  • Verizon IndyCar Series, Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

X GAMES IN AUSTIN

  • Red Bull Global Rallycross, Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET
  • SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, 12 p.m. ET

IMSA

  • TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (PC/Lites), Kansas Speedway, Saturday, 5:15 and 11:15 p.m. ET
  • Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Kansas Speedway, Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET

LE MANS

  • Scrutineering (Technical Inspection), Sunday, 2:30 to 7 pm. local time (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET), Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time (4 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET)

OFF-ROAD

  • Baja 500, June 5-8

ARCA

  • ARCA Racing Series, Pocono Raceway, Saturday, 1 p.m. ET

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.