Carl Edwards wants to sample Red Bull GRC car


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Carl Edwards has said he is keen to test a Red Bull Global Rallycross car.

The 37-year-old shocked the motorsport world in January by announcing his retirement from NASCAR competition, insisting “I am truly personally satisfied with my career”.

But in a recent interview with NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck Edwards, who is a friend with Red Bull GRC championship contender Steve Arpin, revealed that he is keen to sample a rallycross car.

“When I’m ready to drive again, that would be fun to just go do a (GRC) test or something like that,” Edwards said. “I like sliding cars around sideways and (having) tons of horsepower.”

However, he has ruled out a future career change, telling ESPN:

“That would be something that would be really fun, to just go maybe do a test or something like that … [But] no plans.”

While the 28-time NASCAR Cup race winner hasn’t completely ruled out a return to racing in the future in some form, he has also stressed he has no plans to, and has not received any offers to return to the cockpit.

Speculation has been rife about the Missouri native’s future, with rumours of an impending NASCAR return with Penske, and even a change to a political career being frequently mentioned.

NASCAR drivers in Red Bull GRC

Should he end up testing a car, Edwards won’t be the first NASCAR driver to try Red Bull Global Rallycross.

Kurt Busch tested a car back in 2013, while Austin Dyne, Nelson Piquet Jr, Scott Speed, and former Xfinity Series driver Arpin have all made a successful full-time switch to the category.

Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson have also reportedly expressed an interest in testing Red Bull GRC cars in the past.

Kurt Busch tested a Red Bull GRC car back in 2013 – Credit: Red Bull GRC