IndyCar’s showpiece occasion will feature Blaney’s fellow NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson for the primary time subsequent 12 months, who has entered the America’s largest open-wheel race with a Hendrick-backed, McLaren-run automotive.
Roger Penske, who scored his 19th victory within the iconic race with Josef Newgarden this 12 months, has welcomed 2021 Cup champion Larson’s participation – who will fly to Charlotte straight after the five hundred to race in Charlotte’s NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 that night.
“We’re so excited to see Larson come to the speedway,” stated Penske. “I do know Rick [Hendrick] talked to me about operating Larson and we hadn’t had the success for a pair years… after which, in fact, McLaren did and we simply applauded that each one the best way alongside, and I believe that his ability and his fanbase within the Midwest is superb.
“He went on the market [to Indianapolis in October] and did his rookie check – bang, bang, bang. Kurt Busch has run there. I believe that he comes with an amazing quantity of expertise and it’s one thing that he desires to do.
“It’s attention-grabbing. Blaney stated to me sooner or later during the last a number of weeks that he wish to go to Indy. I used to be like, ‘Whoa, decelerate just a little bit.’
“We’re good to have everyone come to Indy, but when we are able to have the double and actually play up Memorial Day at each Charlotte and Indianapolis it’ll be nice. The curiosity from the fanbase with [Larson] coming, we are able to see it already in our ticket gross sales. He’ll be an amazing asset to Indianapolis and the five hundred.”
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Kyle Larson on the rookie orientation programme
When requested if he was being critical about racing for Penske at Indy, Blaney replied: “Actually, it’s one thing that’s bounced round my thoughts for a few years. It’s one thing I really feel like when you may do the double that’s cool.
“Larson is doing it subsequent 12 months. That’s gonna be nice. I’ve poked round that concept with RP for a few years now and I might need to carry it again up, so we’ll see the place that goes.”
Blaney began his profession in open-wheel quarter midget racing on ovals, earlier than shifting into inventory automobiles. His father Dave was a famend dash automotive and World of Outlaws racer.
“I simply really feel like there’s not many individuals that may do the double,” stated Blaney of the problem. “It’s a fairly quick record and it could be neat to simply do it.
“I’ve respect for all types of motorsports, so I believe you wish to go expertise one thing like that. I believe at my age it could be sort of good to do it, however I simply suppose the nostalgia of it and to have the ability to say you ran hopefully 1100 miles in sooner or later on the race observe is a cool feat.
“It’s cool for Kyle having the ability to do it and perhaps sooner or later I’ll get the privilege too.”