Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo set for NASCAR opportunity after Italian GP win


Daniel Ricciardo is certainly having a good few days with the Australian basking in the glow of a long-awaited return to the top step at the Italian Grand Prix.

Indeed, it was a popular Formula 1 victory to see the 'Honey Badger' taking the chequered flag first at the weekend, and perhaps even more popular to see him end McLaren's 9-year hiatus from first place in the process.

Attention post-race quickly turned to a bet he and McLaren boss Zak Brown had made at the start of the season, too, whereby if the Aussie achieved a podium he would get a go in one of his hero's old NASCAR chargers; that of Dale Earnhardt.

Ricciardo boasts the no.3 on his car in homage to the American racing icon and is now set to fulfil a dream of getting behind the wheel of one of his old cars, one that Brown owns, as well as hoping that the victory will perhaps sweeten the deal even further:

"I’m like, maybe he gives me the car?" joked Ricciardo. "I think it was always a podium, I get to drive it.

"We never talked about a win, so I gave him my shoe that he drank out of, so maybe he gives me the car. It’s a good trade!"

Ahead of the race on Sunday, with Ricciardo well placed on the grid for a shot at the podium, Brown took to Twitter to remind him of the bet:

And, with the Aussie storming into first place at the first corner on Sunday, the bet is set to pay up.

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