Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney who will join Team Penske from Wood Brothers Racing for the 2018 season has expressed an interest in competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 which run on the same day in May.
The last driver to complete the double header was Kurt Busch in 2014, who drove for Andretti Autosport starting the race from 12th and finishing the event in sixth place.
The Coca-Cola 600 takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Blaney says that he has great respect for the drivers who completed the double header weekend and the 1100 miles in the space of one day.
It is unlikely that such a deal will be place for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil due to The Captain’s situation in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018.
Team Penske have down-sized their involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 with defending champion Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power staying while Helio Castroneves will run just month of May events, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Penske is likely to stick to four cars in the Indianapolis 500 next season having run five cars this year.
Penske confirmed recently that if Juan Pablo Montoya wanted to run the Indianapolis 500 next season with another team he would not stand in the Colombian’s way. The two time Indy 500 winner will not compete in the Indy 500 with Penske in 2018 however Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team co-owner Sam Schmidt has confirmed that he has held preliminary talks with Montoya about running the Indy 500.