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:

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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