Report: Parker Kligerman eyeing possible move from NASCAR to IndyCar

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If at first you don’t succeed in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, try, try again – or in Parker Kligerman’s case, try IndyCar.

According to a report by Bob Pockrass of SportingNews.com, Kligerman is looking at trying to find a ride in the IndyCar Series, just a few weeks after losing his ride in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

Kligerman may have been inspired by the fact that he’s serving as fill-in driver for Kurt Busch this weekend and next in Charlotte, as Busch plans on being the first driver since 2004 to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

With the Sprint All-Star Race held Saturday night and no other NASCAR action slated for Sunday, Kligerman reportedly will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to see if there may be some opportunities for him.

“I’m going to be meeting with some people,” Kligerman said Pockrass. “That will be fun. … We’ll see (about my future).”

Kligerman, 23, lost his ride three weeks ago when Swan Racing abruptly shut down, costing Kligerman his job. Teammate Cole Whitt was able to continue when his team was purchased by BK Racing, which as a result expanded from a two- to three-car operation.

With few other opportunities available in NASCAR at the moment, Kligerman isn’t discounting any opportunities in any other auto racing series, but is particularly interested in the open-wheel world, given that he was a former USAC driver before coming to NASCAR.

“It’s all in the working stage, building stage and some of that is going out to Indy meeting some of those people and those sorts of things going on,” Kligerman said. “My sole focus right now is when an opportunity comes it’s the right opportunity. … I’ve got time on my side.

“I feel like making sure the opportunity is the right one, it’s the one I want to do, it’s one I am enthused about and hopefully that can forward my career and I can do good job in.”

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Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: