Vickers still in the hunt for Indy 500 ride

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Brian Vickers was recently linked to reports that he was in the running for an IndyCar seat for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the 32-year-old touched on the topic at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday.

A few weeks ago, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports were open to the idea of opening a third seat for Townsend Bell, Gabby Chaves, or Vickers.

Since that time, Bell has been announced at Andretti Autosport for their fifth entry at the Brickyard.

Vickers, who is currently substituting for an injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, acknowledged the rumors and gave additional insight to his current situation on the IndyCar opportunity.

“I wouldn’t rule out anything,” said Vickers. “The Indy 500 would be one of them. I would love to race Le Mans again. I would love to be in sports car racing and I would love to be in this (No. 14) car. I’m really enjoying this opportunity as well. I’m open to all those opportunities.

“I would love to have something to announce but unfortunately, there is nothing to announce at this point. It’s still on the table. It’s not off the table yet either. We’re continuing to explore that and if it happens, that’s great and if not, maybe next year.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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