While many drivers wonder what it’s like to race in someone else’s car, few have actually done it. Here are five driver crossovers we’d like to see happen.
For years and in some cases decades, race fans have speculated about what would happen if a motorsports driver raced in another discipline. Big names like Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, and Al Unser Jr. have moved from the open-wheel ranks to compete alongside some of the greatest in stock car racing.
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In more modern times, those types of crossovers are rare. Only a select few can say they have raced in multiple disciplines in one year. NASCAR‘s Kurt Busch is the most recent driver to pull off the feat, having raced in the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.
But what if all that changes? Recent years have seen struggles for some racing series in attendance and television viewership. A driver crossing leagues could prove to boost the profiles of both series involved. NASCAR fans may be more inclined to watch a Verizon IndyCar Series race with one of their drivers in the event or vice versa.
There are plenty of drivers who could attempt a crossover. Every year there’s talk about which NASCAR star could do “the double” on Memorial Day weekend, participating in both the Indy 500 and and Coca-Cola 600. Several IndyCar drivers, most recently Josef Newgarden, have expressed interest in NASCAR.
But who could really pull off driving in another league? Here are the five crossovers we want to see.