On the brink of a sad exit from Formula One, NASCAR owner expresses huge interest in Daniel Ricciardo to mixed reaction from fans

NASCAR has had a budding relationship with F1 in recent years and Project 91 has been given a lot of credit for that. Well, that relationship could grow even more, as there are murmurs of Daniel Ricciardo possibly heading into NASCAR.

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Project 91 aims to find world-class drivers from various motorsports and bring them to NASCAR. The potential introduction of Daniel Ricciardo would boost the program as well as the sport, given the global following of F1 and the Australian himself.

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Ricciardo is currently without a seat (pun intended) for the 2023 F1 season. He was not on the receiving end of any attractive offers from F1 teams. There was an IndyCar series show but Ricciardo didn’t reciprocate.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – 11 September 2022 Daniel Ricciardo pre-race McLaren REUTERS / Ciro De Luca

It now appears that similar interest is also emerging from Project 91 and NASCAR. Justin Marks, co-owner of Trackhouse Racing, He said[Daniel Ricciardo is] He’s aware of Project 91 and he knows there’s interest on our part, (but) I think he’s figuring out what his deal in Formula One is.

The 33-year-old Australian appears to be clinging to his hopes of a late bid from the F1 team. However, the chances of that seem increasingly slim.

Daniel Ricciardo’s team expresses their thoughts

Ricciardo’s fans came back to support him when this news broke. Some have shown support for him, criticizing McLaren’s treatment of a fan favorite.

At the same time, some asked to give the Australian more time to think. It’s a valid point given how much media attention his lack of certainty is getting for 2023.

Few do not think that this movement has legs to go far.

Others argue that the Australian dollar is not good enough. It seems that they are sounding the death knell in his career. A little harsh, one might think.

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Fans are always very emotional and enthusiastic when it comes to their favorite teams (or competitors). One should always take these opinions with a pinch of salt.

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Ricardo was a fan favorite. His infectious smile and happy personality were always welcome around the pastures in previous years. However, the lack of all that in addition to his insightful skills is cause for concern. Fans hope they can see The Honey Badger again, and are happier than ever.

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