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Ricciardo celebrates podium in 100th F1 race with a ‘shoey’ (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo’s reputation for being one of Formula 1’s most colorful and entertaining characters was furthered on Sunday when he celebrated scoring a podium in his 100th grand prix by doing a ‘shoey’ on the podium.

Not sure what a ‘shoey’ is? Read on.

Ricciardo battled his way to second place in Sunday’s German Grand Prix after passing pole-sitter Nico Rosberg off the line and overtaking Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen during the third stint of the race.

The Australian celebrated the result by filling his race boot up with sparkling wine from the podium ceremony before downing it for all the fans to see.

But why?

“It’s an Australian thing, it’s called a shoey,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“My mate Jack Miller won MotoGP a few weeks ago in Assen and did one. And to be honest from the start of the season I was like ‘if I win a race this year I’m gonna do one’.

“When I saw him win, I messaged my mates straight away, I was like ‘watch the podium, he’s gonna do a shoey I bet ya’. So I said if I win I’ll do one.

“Today, 100th race, I got a podium. To celebrate, I was like in case I don’t win this year, I’m gonna do a shoey and do my fellow Australians proud.”

There was another classic Ricciardo moment in the post-race press conference when Scottish F1 journalist Graham Keilloh of Grand Prix Times asked a question, prompting Ricciardo try and have some fun, thinking Keilloh was Irish.

“Top o’ the mornin’ to you Graham,” Ricciardo joked, before realizing: “Oh Scottish!

“I’ve wanted you to ask me a question all weekend. I was waiting to say that and I blew it.

“Viva Scotland!”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race IndyCar stars in iRacing at Michigan

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The invite has been received, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has another iRacing event on his schedule.

The NASCAR on NBC analyst tweeted Wednesday that he will make his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge with Saturday’s race at Michigan Speedway. The race will be shown live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

The 2-mile oval was chosen by IndyCar drivers as the third track in the six-race series. Earnhardt heartily endorsed Michigan as a potential iRacing venue Monday along with Daytona and Talladega. Michigan nearly was selected by fans as the opener in the iRacing Challenge.

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Earnhardt, a longtime avid iRacing fan, had been lobbying since last Thursday that he was interested in racing with IndyCar drivers.

He has driven in the first three races of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational, finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Last year, he attended his first Indianapolis 500, working as an analyst as part of NBC Sports’ inaugural broadcast of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“I’d love to do it,” Earnhardt said Monday about joining the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “I think I’d love to get to know those guys.

“I had such a great time at the Indy 500 last year, and the reception that I received from other drivers there really meant a lot to me. So I know they’re all a lot of great dudes in that series that I already know that I’d love to get to know some of them even better.”

It already has been quite the week for Earnhardt, who was announced Monday as one of 15 nominees for the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The field for Saturday’s race at Michigan should include another  NASCAR driver in Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Cup champion has driven the first two races of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (and has plans to race IndyCar part time in the future).