Tuesday, December 04, 2012

IndyCar Drivers Like Idea of Stewart in Indy 500

If NASCAR's Tony Stewart accepts Roger Penske's offer to drive in next year's Indianapolis 500, that would be fine by some IndyCar drivers.

"That would be awesome. I hope he does it," Will Power, one of Penske's regular IndyCar series drivers, said Tuesday during a break in testing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Penske, whose cars have won a record 15 Indy 500s, made the offer at NASCAR's season-ending banquet last week.

Stewart already has done the Memorial Day weekend "double" twice before, in 1999 and 2001.

"I would love to see Tony Stewart come back," driver Ed Carpenter, who won IndyCar's season finale in Fontana on Sept. 15, said during Tuesday's test session. "It would be really cool."

IndyCar driver Marco Andretti said he had not heard about Penske's offer but said they welcome Stewart.

"He can come try," Andretti said. "All I can say is it's different now than when he was doing it before." (LA Times)