The Australian joined the Woking-based squad earlier this year as he makes an offer to help the outfit find a winning path.
But beyond F1 ambitions, McLaren’s involvement in IndyCar, as well as CEO Zak Brown’s association with Supercars, has a good chance of racing outside of grand prix cars.
Brown is part owner of the Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars team and last year pitched the idea of a Ricciardo / Lando Norris wildcard entry at Mount Panorama.
In an interview with this month’s edition of GP Racing magazine, Ricciardo made it clear that he is definitely ready for a Supercar release and that an IndyCar race could also be on the cards.
Asked about an outing in Bathurst, Ricciardo said, “I have to ask Zak. I have to – even though I’m not racing – I have to drive a Supercar around Bathurst.
“Whether it’s a private test or the actual race, I have to do it. And I think now I have a good opportunity with Zak as a friend and boss.
Bryce Fullwood, Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden
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“He’s looking forward to trying to get us into America’s other freewheeling vehicles, the IndyCars. So there’s a lot to do.”
Ricciardo could in theory have two options for racing in Bathurst, either by touring the Bathurst 1000, or by GT car during the 12 Hours.
However, schedule clashes would likely force him to opt for the GT route.
This year, Bathurst 1000 takes place the same weekend as the Japanese Grand Prix in October, while the Bathurst 12 Hours normally takes place in early February.
Asked about a race in the latter event, he said: “When I signed with him [Brown], early last year, we had these conversations and he was tossed in there, “We should get you to do the 12 hour Bathurst. If he asked me and it worked logistically, I would say yes.
Ricciardo was also promised a ride in Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup car, which Zak Brown owns, if he wins a podium in 2021.