Verizon IndyCar Series contender and Music City USA native Josef Newgarden suggested on Wednesday that he would be open to running a Super Late Model at Fairground Speedway Nashville for a race like the All-American 400 if he was able to secure a suitable ride.
@MattWeaverSBN I would do it bro! Just gotta find a ride.
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) March 16, 2016
Newgarden will be featured on Thursday night’s episode of Ray Evernham’s AmeriCarna on the VELOCITY Network. A promotional image from the television show features Newgarden, Evernham and Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta standing in front of a retro Marty Robbins Late Model at the legendary Tennessee short track.
Borchetta has sponsored the Fairgrounds’ Pro Late Model division since 2014 and has been a major advocate of both the speedway and motorsports in general.
Surely, a handful of the elite teams in Super Late Model racing would be open to putting a IndyCar Series championship contender into an entry for his hometown race.
After all, David Gilliland Racing previously tested Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham in a Late Model Stock back in 2015, while Bubba Pollard has offered to field a car for Kenny Schrader in the Snowball Derby.
In 68 IndyCar Series starts, the 25-year-old Newgarden has posted two wins and six podiums. He finished seventh in the championship standings last year in what was considered his breakout campaign.
The All-American 400 is scheduled for October 1 and 2 a few weeks after the conclusion of the IndyCar Series season.