“Best to Ever Drive a Race Car” – NASCAR Star Ty Gibbs Pays Huge Tribute to F1 Legend Ayrton Senna

Published 03/28/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Ayrton Senna of Brazil sits aboard the #12 Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 99T Honda RA166E V6 turbo during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix on 11th April 1987 at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Jacarepagua circuit near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)


NASCAR youngster Ty Gibbs has often made it clear that he admires the late great of F1, Ayrton Senna. In fact, he recently revealed a new helmet design that greatly resembled Senna’s iconic helmet design. Recently, Gibbs spoke about the legendary Brazilian Formula One driver.

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“I enjoy watching him, I felt almost inspired to do something. To almost have a tribute to him, cause NASCAR is on a different side of the world and a different style of racing.

“I wanted to bring his legacy into the sport, because he’s so good and so well-driven, that I wanted to be like Ayrton Senna. Wanted to use his helmet and use a paint scheme just like him.

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“He is the best to ever drive a race car and I wanted to be the best I could be,” he said,

Gibbs insisted that Senna is a great role model. It explained why he wanted to be like the late F1 star; the 18-year-old wanted to show the NASCAR world just how good Senna was as a racer.

Ty Gibbs has been in great form

Gibbs is currently competing in the ARCA series and fighting for the championship. However, he truly made an impression in his two Xfinity appearances. To be precise, he took a debut win and became the youngest race-winning debutant. Gibbs then proved that he was no flash in the pan when he grabbed second place at his very next appearance.

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Feb 20, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs (54) takes the checkered flag to win the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sportss

In the process, he tied with NASCAR legend Terry Labonte to win on his debut and take second-place at the next race. However, Ty Gibbs is not participating in the Bristol Dirt race; in fact, none of the Xfinity drivers are racing at Bristol. So, only the Cup and Truck Series drivers will get to run on the dirt surface.

Meanwhile, Gibbs’ next race will be at the Darlington Raceway on May 8th. The Darlington race will be one of three races in the month of May. That will be followed by two June races and one July race.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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