Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden who drives for Ed Carpenter Racing has confirmed that he would look to run in a NASCAR event at somewhere like Iowa Speedway.
Speaking in Watkins Glen over the weekend as he promoted the Verizon IndyCar Series event ahead of their return to the New York circuit next month, Newgarden who is in fourth place in the series standings with three races to go he commented by saying:
I have a huge interest (in driving a NASCAR car),” “Open wheel was always my interest as a kid. That always has a special place for me. I want to win Indy 500s. But I’d love to see guys cross over more. I know a lot of (stock car) guys who want to run the Indy 500.
Newgarden took victory in Iowa last month in the Verizon IndyCar Series winning the Iowa Corn 300 despite running the race with a fractured clavicle and wrist.
Newgarden understands however that it is difficult to cross disciplines and this particularly true with NASCAR and the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil which took place on May 29 saw record crowds attend the race while at NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 recently the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw very few fans attend the race.
Newgarden also revealed that he knows of a number of NASCAR drivers who want to compete in the Indianapolis 500 next season but would not elaborate on who the drivers are.