Brad Keselowski Proposes a Car Swap With McLaren F1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo

Published 10/20/2021, 4:48 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 22: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 22, 2021 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Earlier, McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown made a bet with driver Daniel Ricciardo. If the Australian driver got a podium, he would get a chance to drive Dale Earnhardt’s car. Ricciardo went one better and grabbed an unexpected win, so Brown delivered on his promise. Now, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski is hoping to get some F1 action.

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He tweeted to Ricciardo, hoping for a car swap. However, the 2012 Cup Series champion had a specific car in mind. To be precise, Keselowski would love to get his hands on Ayrton Senna’s 1991 Marlboro McLaren-Honda MP4/6. This was the car that the legendary Brazilian drove to 2nd on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix and his third and final title.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna

Obviously, the late Senna was greatly admired by many in the motorsports world. So it isn’t surprising that a NASCAR driver like Brad Keselowski wants to sample one of his famous McLaren cars. With Ricciardo at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend for the US Grand Prix, there is no better chance for the Penske driver.

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What next for Brad Keselowski?

Currently, Keselowski is gunning for the 2021 Cup Series championship. With two races left until the season finale, he sits in 6th place, two away from the qualification berth. What works in his favor is the fact that he won at Kansas in 2011 and at Martinsville in 2017 and 2019.

In other words, he has an excellent chance of snatching a win and stealing the second berth. However, he will definitely face stern competition from the likes of teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. Even Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott, will be on the hunt. Keselowski knows that he will have a tough fight on his hands, but he will be up for the challenge.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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