Sergio Perez throws hat into ring for future Indy 500 run

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Following the announcement of Fernando Alonso’s shock entry to the 101st Indianapolis 500 for 2017, fellow Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has thrown his hat into the ring for a future run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alonso confirmed on Wednesday that he would be skipping this year’s Monaco Grand Prix to enter the Indy 500 with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport, giving a boost to this year’s running.

The news has led to a number of his peers expressing an interest in crossing codes and trying out another series, with Lewis Hamilton saying on Thursday that he would like to enter NASCAR’s Daytona 500 one day.

Few have been as receptive as Alonso about the ‘500, but Perez openly said that he wants to enter the famous race one day, most likely when his time in F1 is over.

“I certainly wouldn’t miss Monaco, because Monaco is my favorite weekend on the entire calendar, and normally you have that clash,” Perez said.

“I would like to do some other racing. I certainly have some interest in IndyCar.

“The Indy 500 certainly is one of the best races in the world, so I’d definitely like to do it someday.”

Perez spent his first year in single-seaters racing in America, taking part in the Skip Barber National Championship in 2004 before moving over to Europe and working his way up the ladder to F1.