NASCAR Xfinity Star Ty Gibbs Remembers F1 Legend Ayrton Senna With a Special Helmet

Published 03/17/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs (54) celebrates after winning the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Without a doubt, Ayrton Senna is regarded as a legend in Formula One. However, his fame and following aren’t limited to just F1. In fact, NASCAR part-time Xfinity driver Ty Gibbs confessed that he is a huge admirer of the late Brazilian. In light of this, Gibbs unveiled a new helmet design that greatly resembled Senna’s helmet design.

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Gibbs has been in an excellent run of form, even though he is a part-time runner. In just two appearances, the 18-year-old has finished in the Top 2, including a win in his first race. Suffice to say, his star is just rising and is continuing to do so. The rookie driver is supremely talented and is event fighting for the ARCA Menards Series championship.

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Gibbs is well on his way to becoming the Rookie of the Year and is in with a shout of the ARCA title. One can be confident that the youngster may soon earn a full-time seat in the Xfinity series in the near future. However, the driver must be able to keep up his momentum during his next few cameos.

Ty Gibbs is a huge admirer of the Brazilian F1 legend

Apparently, Gibbs was obsessed with the mythos of Ayrton Senna. In his younger days, he would often watch clips of the Formula One legend’s races; he never failed to miss any interviews involving the late three-time world champion and would take Senna’s words to heart.

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A portrait of Ayrton Senna of Brazil, driver of the #1 Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/7A Honda V12 during tyre testing for the British Grand Prix on 7 July 1992 at the Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, Great Britain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Allsport/Getty Images)

Without a doubt, Ayrton Senna was a brilliant racer, but he was often polarizing. Nevertheless, nobody can deny that the McLaren legend was an incredible driver. This explains why Ty Gibbs is such a big fan of the F1 star.

Ayrton made his mark and cemented an untouchable legacy in the sport. Without a doubt, Gibbs will be looking forward to his next NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2021, hoping to do the same, eventually.

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