© Getty Images

Webber rules out future Indy 500 run for shot at Triple Crown

4 Comments

SPA – Mark Webber has ruled out a future entry to the Indianapolis 500 for a shot at becoming just the second driver in history to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

The Triple Crown is made up of the Indy 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix, three of racing’s most prestigious and challenging events.

Graham Hill is the only driver to have won all three legs, claiming five wins at Monaco alongside victory at the Brickyard in 1966 and Le Mans in 1972.

Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2010 and 2012, and will battle for his first Le Mans victory with Porsche next month after finishing second in last year’s race.

With one leg ticked off and one well within reach, might Webber enter the 500 in the future for a shot at completing the Triple Crown?

“No,” Webber said ahead of Saturday’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa.

“You need to be specialized, you need to grow up on that stuff I think.

“On the ovals, I think I would enjoy the high-speed nature when I was younger, but not at 40.

“I’m too sensible now.”

The only active driver who has two legs completed is Juan Pablo Montoya, having won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2003 and the Indy 500 on two occasions.

Montoya enjoyed a successful test with Porsche in an LMP1 car at the end of last year and was receptive to a possible run at Le Mans.

However, it seems unlikely in the short-term after the German marque’s decision to stop entering a third car to the race in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

IndyCar entry lists Indianapolis
Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Leave a comment

There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold