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Daniel Ricciardo Drives His Dream Car, Dale Earnhardt’s classic No. 3

Over a month ago, F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo had a magnificent win at the Italian Grand Prix, and he got more than he imagined out of it. After winning a bet with McLaren team boss, Zak Brown, Ricciardo got to drive late NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt’s classic No. 3.
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Formula One drivers competed in the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday. Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, but the Aussie pro driver had the time of his life this weekend.

Speaking with a Texan accent for the entire weekend and making a show out of his Southern-style outfit, Ricciardo’s dream came true when he finally got a chance to get behind the wheel of the 1984 No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Saturday. The Aussie driver is a proclaimed fan of Dale Earnhardt's, who won seven NASCAR championships.

It looks like Ricciardo is motivated by bets and he won one with Zak Brown after his win at the Italian Grand Prix. The McLaren’s team boss promised Ricciardo a chance to drive the No. 3 if he managed a podium this season. He won a race and now his dream came true.

During his drive around the road course in Austin, Texas, he did a few laps and even some donuts, smiling his usual wide behind the wheel. Even his outfit paid a tribute to Earnhardt, wearing a special black and silver helmet. The car is currently part of Zak Brown’s collection.

Earnhardt's son, Dale Jr., also tweeted that he’s “happy for Daniel.” He added: “I’m also appreciative for how he celebrates my father. That makes a lot of dads family members and fans smile.

Ricciardo had the time of his life in a car his idol drove and making that bet with Brown surely motivated him to have a great performance. Who knows what his next bet will be?



 
 
 
 
 

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