Kyle Larson reiterates desire to one day run the Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS – Kyle Larson reiterated Monday his desire to one day race in the Indianapolis 500.

It just won’t be this year.

Even though he’s here for the opening day of practice for this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, he’s not getting in a car today despite a lot of fan and media desire to witness it happen.

“I wish I could be a part of it. Maybe I can talk Chip into sending me out for rookie orientation later,” Larson laughed and told reporters this morning as one of Chip Ganassi’s four full-season Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, Charlie Kimball, saw his number change from 83 to 42 for the rest of the month in partnership with partner Tresiba.

More than that though, Larson expressed that this race remains on his to-do list. With Ganassi, he’s also driven in the Rolex 24 at Daytona race to kick off the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, and won it outright co-driving with Jamie McMurray, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan in 2015.

“I would love to. I was always a big Indianapolis fan, mainly because my dad is a huge Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar fan,” Larson said.

“To me this is the biggest race in the world. Yeah I would love to race it someday.

“Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, he has so many types of vehicles, that you hopefully get the opportunity to run someday. You’re lucky to get to run the Rolex 24 at Daytona… and I’ve won that.

“It would be incredible to start the 500 someday in the future… but it’s more up to the guy in my left. He’s been a great car owner for me.

“Maybe after I win a Cup race, or two or three… or maybe a championship… I can run the Indy 500.”

Posts from Larson at the track are below: