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Indy 500 Still a Possibility for Vickers

Brian Vickers has dreams of running both the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans. And this year’s 100th running of the 500 could still happen for the 32-year-old driver.

“I would love to have something to announce. Unfortunately, there is nothing to announce at this point,” Vickers said. “It is still on the table.  It’s not done, but it’s not off the table yet either. We will continue exploring that and if it happens great, if not, move on to the next opportunity and maybe next year.”

This season, Vickers has been running the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, subbing for Tony Stewart. Vickers is back in the car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway following his season-best finish of seventh at Martinsville.

Vickers was brought up in conversations surrounding Indy following comments by Sam Schmidt to RACER. Schmidt added, though, that Vickers is the least likely of the available candidates.

“I’d think Brian is the least likely only because he hasn’t done it before and we’re unsure if he’ll still be driving for Tony [Stewart], so with that unknown, it’s hard to figure out the costs and the logistics,” Schmidt said. “Granted, he’s very experienced and very mature, so I’m sure he’d get the job done, but I’m not sure we need any distractions with a rookie.

“He’s an option, though, and we aren’t ruling him out. I know how badly he wants to be in the race.

Schmidt reiterated that finances will play a part in who fills the seat.

“We’re still trying to find money for all of them, they’re all trying to find money, but it’s not completely there,” said Schmidt.

Stewart-Haas hasn’t announced whether Vickers will be back in the No. 14 after this weekend in Texas, or if Ty Dillon will return to the seat.

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.