The entry list is out for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America and the most intriguing part of it revolves around the No. 21 Direct Supply Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.
A one Josef Newgarden is listed in the No. 21 car.
If he drives, it would be an impressive feat following his collarbone and hand injuries sustained last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in an accident with Conor Daly. Newgarden was released from the hospital shortly after the accident.
That being said, Newgarden has not yet been cleared to drive by INDYCAR, and the driver entered for the car could still be changed by the team.
Per a team spokesperson, Newgarden could still drive this week.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.