Penske's cheeky Indy 500 challenge to Supercars squad

Roger Penske has invited Supercars team boss Roland Dane to run an Indy 500 wildcard entry – but with some cheeky conditions.

Penske's cheeky Indy 500 challenge to Supercars squad

In a dig at the strict Supercars testing rules, the legendary US team owner says he and Michael Andretti would love to see Dane's Triple Eight squad run at the Indy 500... but only be allowed three days of pre-race running.

"What I want to do today, I want to say to Roland that Michael Andretti and I have gotten together and we want to have a wildcard at Indy," said Penske, who is at this weekend's Bathurst race.

"We’re going to offer it to Roland. He can come over, he can have three days of testing, 10 sets of tyres...

"We just want to know who will be his drivers, then we’ll maybe given them a little extra wicker when he needs it. We’ll just wait and see!"

Dane hit back with an equally cheeky "I’ll have the engine you did in 1994 then", a reference to the infamous Mercedes-Ilmor 500I powerplant.

The joke from Penske came in response to questions about a potential Penske wildcard entry at Bathurst in the future, similar to what Walkinshaw Andretti United has done this year with Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe.

The two IndyCar aces came into this year's Great Race with just three days of testing at Winton, using a limited tyre bank, under their belt thanks to the local regulations.

While running a Penske wildcard involving Will Power seems like a logical step, the squad has long maintained the current testing rules make it unfeasible.

Penske also thinks DJRTP is better off focussing on its primary cars.

"Michael talked to me about maybe getting Will over here when he decided to do a wildcard," said Penske.

"I think from our perspective with all the racing we’re doing and knowing how competitive it is, to take any focus off this race I think we’d be better off running the two cars.

"It’s always something in the future, but we haven’t won this race and our focus here is on that.

"Maybe at another race we might do it, but I don’t see it in the future at the moment."

shares
comments
Mostert concerned by boring Bathurst Shootouts

Previous article

Mostert concerned by boring Bathurst Shootouts

Next article

The 2019 Bathurst 1000 grid

The 2019 Bathurst 1000 grid
Load comments
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020