The eight-time Grand Prix winner is now linked to Ford through the automaker’s recently announced deal with Red Bull.
As part of his third driver duties, Ricciardo spent the day at Ford headquarters where he sampled a number of cars on Ford’s test track.
Among them was a Ford Mustang Supercar Gen2 built by DJR Team Penske, based at Ford headquarters and often driven by Ford CEO Jim Farley in demo races.
“I’ve driven just about every Ford under the sun and just got out of this bad boy here,” Ricciardo said in a social media video for Ford Performance.
“A bit of an Aussie in me. A bit of a V8 Supercars here in Michigan – which is a long way from home, but I felt at home in it.
“It was great fun. A big thank you to Ford for inviting me here.”
It was Ricciardo’s third time testing an Australian V8 driver, following previous outings in Triple Eight’s sole Sandman Supercar at Sandown in his first stint as a Red Bull driver, and laps in Rick’s Nissan Altima Kelly to Calder during his time at Renault.
It is also the latest example of a Formula 1 driver in a Supercar after Fernando Alonso drove a Tickford Mustang and Sergio Perez a Triple Eight Commodore at Albert Park during the Australian Grand Prix weekend. last year.
Broc Feeney, Triple Eight Race Engineer
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Feeney predicts ‘crazy’ Supercars opening
Broc Feeney predicts a “crazy” opening round for his second Supercars season thanks to the debut of the new Gen3 cars.
A field full of Ford Mustang Gen3s and Chevrolet Camaros will debut on the streets of Newcastle next month.
They will also do so amidst a cloud of uncertainty with delays to the development process, meaning teams only started testing last week.
Some teams have yet to spin a wheel with a Gen3 car, such as Team 18, Erebus Motorsport, Walkinshaw Andretti United and Brad Jones Racing who are still finishing their first builds.
Triple Eight took to the track for the first time with their race cars today with Shane van Gisbergen and Feeney both shaking their Camaros at Queensland Raceway.
Only after a late scramble by the team to get the two Camaros ready, plus a third Camaro fielded by customer team PremiAir Racing.
Having seen the rush to get the cars ready for testing, Feeney believes there is more madness to come as the team works through its testing schedule ahead of the Newcastle 500.
And he predicts that will continue once the season starts too, with Feeney expecting the first two races at Newcastle to be “crazy”.
“It was pretty exciting driving this morning,” he said of the shakedown. “We’re still working on a little comfort for me inside [the car], it’s very different from the last two cars, so we’re striving for that. But it’s going well so far.
“The next 30 days are going to be crazy to get to Newcastle. I know how hard the team has worked day and night to get to this day. And we still have plenty of time to get to the first round.
“I’m looking forward to it; a few more days of testing building on today. We’re learning as much as we can today to maximize the next two days we have.
“Newcastle is going to be crazy. If you’re expecting it to be business as usual, you’re a dreamer. It’s going to be pretty wild.
“We’re all looking forward to it because we don’t know what to expect. We have to put in a lot of effort to get there, and throughout the year, to make sure we try to stay on top. .”