Dale Jr. gives F1 star Ricciardo ‘open invite’ for XFINITY road race

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing sits in eighth in the Formula One World Championship points standings entering Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.

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Daniel Ricciardo could be competing in a NASCAR XFINITY Series road course race in 2016.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series has three road course races on its 2016 schedule:

Of those three races, Road America is the only one that would conflict with a Formula One World Championship race (the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix).

During a Twitter Q&A session, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked, “When will we see Daniel Ricciardo in a Jr. Motorsports car?” which led to the following Twitter conversation:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. currently fields three JR Motorsports cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Ricciardo races the No. 3 in the Formula One World Championship in memory of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s father, Dale Earnhardt, who won seven NASCAR Cup Series championships but was killed in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.

The two racing stars, Earnhardt Jr. and Ricciardo, have followed each other’s racing progress throughout the past couple of seasons.