INDIANAPOLIS — Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Speculation. Team Penske announced on Wednesday morning that they will bring out a fifth car this May for the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott McLaughlin will join full time drivers Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Josef Newgarden to go along with part-timer Helio Castroneves this May for the annual road course race on the famed grounds, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet.
Now, will Penske use that fifth car for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500? That’s the question everyone is waiting on the edge of their seats to find out.
They are a three car outfit full time, but bringing out a fourth car for the Grand Prix and the ‘500 for a third consecutive year for Helio Castroneves. Now, a fifth car will be used for McLaughlin for the Grand Prix himself. Will that same car run the ‘500?
With Fernando Alonso now only being able to run a Chevrolet car, his name is being brought up as a potential suitor. So is Kyle Busch. The defending NASCAR Cup Series champion hinted that he’s had discussions in the past of racing in the ‘500 and has interest in doing so again. What better team to do that with than Penske.
If not those two, James Hinchcliffe has funding and could bring it over.
Penske, has a vested interest since he owns not only the track, but the Speedway too. Having Alonso, Busch or Hinchcliffe in a fifth car not only helps his team, but his helps his businesses too.