NASCAR star Vickers in frame for SPM Indy 500 ride

NASCAR racer Bryan Vickers is amongst the drivers in line to race in the third Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry this May for the 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500.

Vickers is in contention alongside Colombian star Gabby Chaves, veteran American Townsend Bell and the Grace Autosport team, who are looking to partner with an established Verizon IndyCar Series team for their debut this year.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports boss Sam Schmidt believes thirty-two-year-old Vickers, who is currently standing in for the injured Tony Stewart in the #14 machine in NASCAR, is the least likely of the four to get the drive, but has not ruled out giving the three-time Sprint Cup race winner his Indianapolis 500 debut.

“I’d think Brian is the least likely only because he hasn’t done it before and we’re unsure if he’ll still be driving for Tony [Stewart], so with that unknown, it’s hard to figure out the costs and the logistics,” said Schmidt to

“Granted, he’s very experienced and very mature, so I’m sure he’d get the job done, but I’m not sure we need any distractions with a rookie. He’s an option, though, and we aren’t ruling him out.

“I know how badly he wants to be in the race. We’re still trying to find money for all of them, they’re all trying to find money, but it’s not completely there.”

Kurt Busch was the last active NASCAR driver to race the Indy 500, competing with Andretti Autosport back in 2014 and finishing sixth.