Fans Urge Trackhouse Racing to Bring F1 Star to NASCAR Amid Rumors of Their Replacement

Published 08/05/2022, 3:15 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 18, 2022 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Reports have been flying around that a Formula One driver might have to end his contract early, as he is being replaced by someone else in 2023. In light of this, NASCAR fans have been urging Trackhouse racing to pick the Formula One star up as soon as possible.

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Oscar Piastri was named the replacement for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso by Alpine. This is because, earlier, Alonso had announced that he’d jump ship to Aston Martin in 2023.

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However, a few hours later, Piastri announced that he will not be racing for Alpine, since he did not sign any contract. Now reports suggest that Piastri might instead join McLaren. That will remove Daniel Ricciardo from a drive in F1 altogether.

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Ricciardo has been a massive fan of NASCAR from his early years. Even though he is Australian, he really enjoys every time he goes to the United States for a race.

Being an avid supporter of Dale Earnhardt Sr. during his childhood, he got to drive one of the legend’s former cars. McLaren CEO Zak Brown had promised to let him drive the Earnhardt car he owns if he gets a podium for McLaren, which he did in the form of a race win at Monza in 2021.

Fans urge Trackhouse racing boss to give Daniel Ricciardo a drive in NASCAR

On hearing that Ricciardo’s F1 career might seemingly come to an end, many NASCAR fans took to Twitter and urged Trackhouse Racing to give him a seat.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – June 30, 2022, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Trackhouse racing is a Cup Series team owned by Justin Marks. They were recently in the headlines for their Project 91. This endeavor allows the team to give various motorsport athletes a shot in NASCAR. The first name that has been associated with them is former F1 champion Kimi Räikkönen.

Aside from having these drivers part-time, the team runs two full-time drivers, Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain.

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If Trackhouse gives Ricciardo a drive it might just be a dream come true for Daniel. It would certainly be a great spectacle to watch him do well in NASCAR. What are your thoughts? Can we get Daniel to race in NASCAR? Or will he quickly find another seat in F1?

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog, 'Noobs Onboard', for a while now, covering NASCAR, F1, W Series, MotoGP, WRC and the WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade now, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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