Real-life Jean Girard is coming for Ricky Bobby at Daytona

(Photo courtesy Michel Disdier)
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You can’t help but like Michel Disdier‘s spirit and confidence.

Disdier is a French race car driver who will be in Daytona for the next two weeks, preparing to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener on Feb. 19.

Disdier, who turns 42 on Wednesday, is promoting his upcoming quest in numerous ways to gain exposure for his team, sponsors – and of course, himself.

Sunday, the self-titled “A Frenchman In NASCAR” sent out his latest promotion via email, borrowing from the playbook of the fictional Jean Girard of Talladega Nights fame.

“Be careful #RickyBobby, I’m coming!!” Disdier said in a flyer that features him in a bathtub, shaving his legs, much like Girard did in the movie.

This will mark Disdier’s second shot at Daytona. He finished 24th in the Truck Series season opener in 2014, driving for team owner Bobby Dotter, who Disdier will also race for again in two weeks.

Who knows, if Disdier does well in the race, might we be witnessing a storyline for a real-life sequel to Talladega Nights?

Now all we need is someone to play Ricky Bobby.

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