McLaren driver Ricciardo regarded as much as Earnhardt when he was a child, adopting the well-known #3 as his personal racing quantity when he made it to Formulation 1.
Ricciardo was promised by McLaren boss Zak Brown that he may drive Earnhardt’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo from his personal assortment when he scored his first podium for the group.
By successful the Italian Grand Prix at Monza final month, Ricciardo gained the guess, resulting in demo runs within the NASCAR inventory automobile being scheduled for this weekend in Austin.
“I’m very blissful to be again,” Ricciardo stated on Thursday. “It’s been 24 lengthy and unhappy months with out Austin in my life.
“It’s a very good time, and I do get to drive the Earnhardt automobile this weekend. Zak acquired it out from Europe to carry it right here. There’s been a very good effort put into that, so I’m very excited.
Including to the Earnhardt theme for the weekend, Ricciardo’s Dale Sr tribute helmet design was revealed on Friday forward of opening apply on the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas.
The design retains the black base made well-known by Earnhardt and incorporates a related sponsor format, in addition to Ricciardo’s signature and quantity on the entrance of the helmet.
Ricciardo is one in every of various drivers profiting from the Austin race weekend to make use of a particular helmet design, with most choosing an American theme.
McLaren team-mate Lando Norris will race with a stars and stripes design, incorporating the retro McLaren ‘M’ brand the group is utilizing this weekend.
Fellow Briton George Russell saved his helmet Texas-themed with a sheriff badge design on a wood-coloured background.
2019 United States Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas paid tribute to all issues Austin with a road artwork design by his girlfriend, Tiffany Cromwell.
Among the many different drivers racing with one-off helmets are Haas’s Nikita Mazepin, who integrated rattlesnakes, a horseshoe and cowboy hats into his design, and Yuki Tsunoda, who was as a consequence of debut an autumnal helmet in Japan earlier than the race was cancelled.