NASCAR/IndyCar crossover candidates: No. 2 – Ryan Blaney
The second driver on this list happens to be none other than Josef Newgarden’s Team Penske buddy, Ryan Blaney.
Blaney has proven to be one of NASCAR’s most versatile drivers, having picked up wins on regular ovals, road courses, and superspeedways alike. While Blaney doesn’t have the championships to his name like Newgarden does, he has made the playoffs in every season except his rookie season in 2016.
And in the past, Blaney has made expressed interest in running the Memorial Day Double and competing in the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 the same day.
Outside of the Indy 500, tracks such Road America and Iowa Speedway come to mind as potential venues that would suit Blaney well.
Like Newgarden, Blaney would likely be in a fourth Team Penske entry in these events, and like the NASCAR team, Team Penske have fielded a fourth car in the past, both as a full-time entry and as a one-off entry. They fielded a fourth car multiple times for Helio Castroneves in the Indy 500.
There’s also a third Team Penske driver who looks to be a strong fit for a crossover between the two series.