All photos: Ryan DeCosta

Red Bull GRC: Best of Thompson race one, Saturday (PHOTOS)

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Red Bull Global Rallycross hits Thompson Speedway in Connecticut this weekend for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2017 season.

You can see the fourth round of the season today at 5 p.m. ET on NBC, with Kevin Lee, Anders Krohn and Will Christien on the call (stream link here via NBC Sports App).

On Saturday, NASCAR on NBC social media community manager Ryan DeCosta was on site for the opening round of the weekend and grabbed a good selection of photos.

Here’s a roundup of those, below (All Photos: Ryan DeCosta):

Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC leads Austin Dyne, No. 14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Ford Fiesta ST
From left to right: Chris Atkinson, No. 55 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru WRX-STi, Sebastian Eriksson, No. 93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe, Cabot Bigham, No. 2 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST, Steve Arpin, No. 00 Loenbro Motorsports Ford Fiesta ST
Sebastian Eriksson, No. 93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Mitchell DeJong, No. 24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Mitchell DeJong, No. 24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe
Cyril Raymond, No. 13 Olsbergs MSE X Forces (GRC Lites)
Cyril Raymond, No. 13 Olsbergs MSE X Forces (GRC Lites)
Cyril Raymond, No. 13 Olsbergs MSE X Forces (GRC Lites)
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC, Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC, Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC, Cabot Bigham, No. 2 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
Quiet track at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut.


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.