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- Updated: March 23, 2016
The race to land one of the most coveted open seats for the Indy 500 is winding down as 3 drivers chase the third Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry. One of them is currently subbing for Tony Stewart and his name is Brian Vickers.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that Vickers is one of three drivers being considered, along with Indy 500 veteran Townsend Bell and 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series/Indy 500 RoY Gabby Chaves for that entry.
“Those [drivers] are on the list, and we’d really like to run any of those people,” Schmidt told RACER in a interview. Among the four options, Bell has the most experience with the team, having raced for SPM at Indy from 2010-2012 with a best finish of ninth.
Although all three have a real chance, Brian Vickers is considered a longshot to earn the Indy 500 ride for two reasons. First, his lack of experience behind an open wheel car and two the unknown time table of Tony Stewart’s return.
“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,” Schmidt said. “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.”