Daniel Ricciardo will land drive in Dale Earnhardt car with next Formula 1 podium

Ricciardo Earnhardt Formula 1
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When Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo scores his next podium finish, it will be worth a ride in one of auto racing’s most recognizable cars that once belonged to Dale Earnhardt as McLaren CEO Zak Brown has challenged his new driver with a unique incentive.

“Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo,” Brown tweeted on Wednesday. “Get us that podium and the drive is all yours, Daniel Ricciardo.”

Brown is a historic racing aficionado.

Ricciardo is a huge fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr., which is one of the reasons he has used the No. 3 on his Formula 1 car since joining Red Bull in 2014.

Last year, Ricciardo bet Renault owner Cyril Abiteboul that he would expect his boss to get a new tattoo if Ricciardo scored a podium. The Australian driver did so twice – at Nurburging on October 11 in the Eifel Grand Prix and two races later at Imola in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Ricciardo finished third in both races.

“I know (Brown has) got a pretty good car collection, so maybe we could just bet one of his cars or something,” Ricciardo said.

Brown and McLaren answered in the affirmative.

Winning the bet could set the driver on a new path.

Ricciardo has said he would consider a career in NASCAR once his Formula 1 days are behind him, so a ride in Earnhardt’s car may further fuel that passion.

And that podium finish could come quickly. Imola, the site of one of his two 2020 podiums, is next on the Formula 1 schedule on April 18.

Ricciardo is competing in his 11th Formula 1 season with his fifth team.

During his career, he has earned seven wins and 31 podiums. After scoring his first podium in 2014 – the year he switched to Earnhardt’s number in homage to the NASCAR star – he has failed to finish in the top three in only one season. In his first year with Renault, he scored a best finish of fourth at Monza in 2019.

Ricciardo opening salvo for 2021 in the Bahrain Grand Prix netted a seventh-place finish behind winner Lewis Hamilton. McLaren teammate Lando Norris finished fourth – one position off the podium.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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