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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo gets dream run in Earnhardt's 1984 NASCAR!

Daniel Ricciardo made one of his dreams come true at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, as he drove Dale Earnhardt's 1984 NASCAR contender.

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Daniel Ricciardo completed a "dream" test drive in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday.

In a pre-season bet between McLaren boss Zak Brown and new-signing Ricciardo, it was agreed that if the Australian claimed a podium finish in 2021, he would be given the chance to drive Earnhardt's car.

The car is owned by Brown, who boasts an extensive collection of race-winning machines.

Ricciardo races with the number 3 in F1 as a tribute to Earnhardt, who died in a crash at Daytona in 2001. He is also sporting a special Earnhardt-themed helmet design at this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

Ricciardo won the bet with Brown by leading a McLaren 1-2 in Italy last month.

Ahead of Saturday's final F1 free practice session at COTA, Ricciardo headed out for a short run in the NASCAR stock car, completing donuts and waving to fans as he toured the track.

Check out the photos below!

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