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.
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.