Daniel Ricciardo has said that he is still open to the idea of trying out racing in NASCAR sometime in the future, but that he won't be making any moves into US stock car racing any time soon.

"I would love to do it one day," acknowledged the Red Bull Racing star. "But now not only is it a bit rushed but I've definitely got targets here in Europe, in F1, which I want to tick off first.

"Sure I've ticked off the winner's column, but the world title is the real one."

Ricciardo was originally handed an invitation to try out NASCAR racing when he was in the country for the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in October.

Leading NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. - who also owns and runs a race team in the second-tier Xfinity support series - publicly offered the Australian a chance to compete in one of NASCAR's few road course events during F1's summer break in 2016, at Watkins Glen International in New York state or alternatively Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The offer came at a time when the future of the Red Bull marque in F1 still hung in the balance over an engine deal, and there had been a real chance that Ricciardo would be left without a race seat for 2016 and be forced out of F1 altogether.

"Dale Jr. invited me to do a NASCAR race next year so I might take that if I don't have a race seat," Ricciardo told reporters at the time. "I like America a lot so to live in America and race post-F1 could be interesting."

However, the talk of a possible NASCAR outing quickly died down once Red Bull recommitted itself to staying in F1 for the foreseeable future and confirmed Ricciardo's position for 2016.

"To be honest I didn't get to a point where I asked Christian because if I did it I'd want to do it properly," Ricciardo said this week. "I think in the calendar there was some races I could do which didn't clash, but the question was when could I do the testing?

"This was even before asking Red Bull, but just in my mind I was thinking 'When could I test? When could I get to America?'

"I think in a tin top I'd be pretty hopeless [to start with]," he admitted. "The cars would be so different I would want to make sure I tested and got comfortable.

"I would hate to go there and get my ass kicked basically, and then it looks bad on F1 as well," he added. "But one day I think I will take up his offer, hopefully racing alongside him. That would be cool."



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