Roger Penske Endorses NASCAR/IndyCar Doubleheader
Race team Owner Roger Penske has "endorsed the growing momentum to see North America’s two biggest motorsports entities -- NASCAR and IndyCar -- find a way to do a joint racing weekend at the same facility," according to Ken Willis of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. As an owner of teams in both series, his "words are weighty." Penske said, "I would love to see us run on the same weekend. It would be fun for fans to see the difference of the IndyCars and the NASCAR cars." Willis noted likely looking ahead to '21, when "big changes are expected, Penske sounded like he’s ready to knock down some walls and rebuild." Penske: "We’re going to have to disrupt some of this as we go forward. That might be one of the things to do" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 6/16). NBCSPORTS.com's Daniel McFadin noted Penske’s words "come with the weight of being the defending Cup championship owner and the reigning Indy 500 winning owner." Earlier this month IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said while he is “not opposed” to it, he called the prospect a “long shot.” Penske: "We’re going to talk about two races on one weekend, because one of the things we have to do is take a look at this (NASCAR) schedule and the future because when you think about 36-38 weekends, if we can take five or six of those and make those doubleheaders and let our guys go home" (NBCSPORTS.com, 6/14).