Drivers arrive at Le Mans from Texas, Berlin races

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This weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans features a number of drivers who were in action this weekend at either Texas Motor Speedway for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Rainguard Water Sealers 600, or at the Tempelhof Airport circuit for the FIA Formula E Championship’s Berlin ePrix doubleheader.

Here’s how they fared this weekend:

INDYCAR (4)

  • Tony Kanaan, finished 2nd, missed scrutineering due to required ACO Simulator session; will share No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT with Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand in GTE-Pro
  • Scott Dixon, finished 9th (contact), arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT with Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe in GTE-Pro
  • Mikhail Aleshin, finished 14th (contact), arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 27 SMP Racing Dallara P217 Gibson with Sergey Sirotkin, Victor Shaytar in LMP2
  • Townsend Bell, called race for NBCSN, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE with Cooper MacNeil, Bill Sweedler in GTE-Am

FIA FORMULA E (9)

  • Felix Rosenqvist, finished 1st and 2nd, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 21 DragonSpeed – 10Star Oreca 07 Gibson with Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley in LMP2
  • Sebastien Buemi, excluded, then 1st, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima in LMP1
  • Lucas di Grassi, finished second and third, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi in GTE-Pro
  • Jose Maria Lopez, finished fourth and fifth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 9 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Stephane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto in LMP1
  • Stephane Sarrazin, finished 11th and 14th, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 9 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto in LMP1
  • Jean-Eric Vergne, finished eighth and sixth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson with Tor Graves and Jonathan Hirschi in LMP2
  • Sam Bird, finished seventh and seventh, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina in GTE-Pro
  • Nelson Piquet Jr., finished 12th and 12th, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson with David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche in LMP2
  • Nicolas Prost, finished fifth and eighth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 31 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson with Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in LMP2

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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.