The NASCAR Silly Season is starting to near completion. Most of the top rides are being taken while just a few rides remain. But, with those few seats left, the teams have an idea on what drivers they’d like in them. One key free agent isn’t factoring into any of them and now he’s looking at other series around the United States that he could possibly race in.
Kasey Kahne has already been informed that he won’t be back with Hendrick Motorsports in 2018. The team replaced him with William Byron. But, the reigning Brickyard 400 champion doesn’t have anywhere left to really go. He said in his media availability on Wednesday from Charlotte that while he’s talked to Stewart-Haas Racing about their availability, he said that the team seems like they have a plan with someone else. When asked about racing in some other forms of motorsports, Kahne said that actually less than a week ago, he came up with a great plan that could see him race in multiple series’, including doing the major races.
“Maybe 3 or 4 days ago I had this great plan to maybe do sprint cars, see if I can do an IndyCar race or 2, some NASCAR races like the (Daytona) ‘500 or the Brickyard like that,” Kahne told reporters. “I thought that it would be quite a dream and thing to do. That’s been on my mind. But, if I can come up with a great option in NASCAR for next year I’d like to stay. I love NASCAR and that’s what I’d want to do.”
I wrote back in June that Kahne would be a great fit in INDYCAR. He has an open wheel USAC background and has great car control. I think that would translate well over to the series.
Now, it appears Kahne isn’t ruling that out either.