Dale Earnhardt Jr. extends open invite to Daniel Ricciardo to race an Xfinity car

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During Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s extensive Twitter Q&A (more here from NASCAR Talk)  the other night, one fan (Kevin Walsh) asked whether Daniel Ricciardo – who of course wears the No. 3 in Formula 1 and is a devout Earnhardt fan – would ever entertain the thought of driving a NASCAR Xfinity Series car for JR Motorsports on a road course.

Earnhardt proceeded to note that anytime the Australian would want to do so, he’s got a seat waiting for him.

has an open invite to drive a car on a road course at any time,” NASCAR’s most popular driver wrote.

So, seeing that, Ricciardo jumped at the possible chance.

And now with both the 2016 Formula 1 and NASCAR Xfinity Series calendars out, it could theoretically happen.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has three road course dates next year, all in August:

  • August 6 – Watkins Glen
  • August 13 – Mid-Ohio
  • August 27 – Road America

And, lo and behold, the Formula 1 summer break happens in August, for those first two weekends. Ricciardo would need to be back on F1 duty the Road America weekend, as that’s the weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix.

The dates are free and the offer is there. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see this happen.

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.