The Australian joined the Woking-based crew firstly of this 12 months, as he bids to assist the outfit get again to successful methods.
However past the F1 ambitions, McLaren’s involvement in IndyCar, plus CEO Zak Brown’s affiliation with Supercars, has teed up probability of some operating exterior of grand prix vehicles.
Brown is an element proprietor of the Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars crew and final 12 months floated the thought of a Ricciardo/Lando Norris wildcard entry at Mount Panorama.
WAU has a historical past of fielding wildcard entries within the Bathurst 1000 and most famously fielded an additional Holden Commodore for IndyCar stars Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe in 2019.
In an interview with this month’s version of GP Racing journal, Ricciardo has made it clear that he’s undoubtedly up for a Supercars outing and an IndyCar run may be on the playing cards.
Requested a few Bathurst outing, Ricciardo stated: “I do need to ask Zak. I have to – even when I don’t do the race – I have to drive a Supercar round Bathurst.
“Whether or not it’s a non-public check, or the precise race, I do have to do it. And I feel now I’ve alternative with Zak as a good friend and a boss.
Bryce Fullwood, Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden
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“He’s eager to attempt to get us into the opposite open-wheelers within the States, the IndyCars. So there’s rather a lot to do.”
Ricciardo may in principle have two choices to race at Bathurst, both in a touring automobile on the Bathurst 1000 or in a GT automobile on the 12 Hours occasion.
Nonetheless, calendar clashes would possible drive him to go for the GT route.
This 12 months’s Bathurst 1000 takes place on the identical weekend as October’s Japanese Grand Prix, whereas the Bathurst 12 Hour usually takes place in early February.
Requested a few run within the latter occasion, he stated: “Once I signed with him [Brown], over the early part of final 12 months, we had these conversations and it was thrown in there: ‘We must always get you to do the 12 Hours of Bathurst’. If he requested me and it labored logistically, I might say sure.”
Ricciardo has also been promised a ride in Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup automobile, which Brown owns, if he scores a podium in 2021.