SONOMA, Calif – Kasey Kahne will miss his second consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend while battling dehydration problems. It all surfaced following the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend where the Leavine Family Racing driver said he struggled to finish the final 100 laps.
He’d sit out last weeks Brickyard 400 and announced this past week that he’ll miss at least the next three races as well. While his plans are to return to his No. 95 Chevrolet at some point this fall, his driving days in NASCAR are done at the end of the year.
Despite that, Kahne said that his racing days are far from over. He’s aiming to get his health back in order and then race in 2019 like Tony Stewart is doing. He’d like to race in multiple series and have some fun again.
One of those options could be in the IndyCar Series. He said during the playoff media day ironically enough a year ago this past week that he’s open to running some Indy Car events in the future and almost had a deal to run in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.
Now that he’s retiring from NASCAR, why not try some races in 2019?
To add further fuel to that speculation, Kahne was spotted at the IndyCar race weekend in Sonoma on Saturday instead of being in Las Vegas for the opening round of the Cup Series playoffs.
— Ed Carpenter Racing (@ECRIndy) September 15, 2018
That speaks volumes.
Also, Kahne was with Ed Carpenter, a possible destination for him too. Ed Carpenter Racing ran Danica Patrick this past year at Indy and has the capability to run Kahne in 2019. ECR is a Chevy team and Kahne have been with Chevy for the last several years.
Kahne and Carpenter also ran USAC races together in 2000 and have a strong history with one another.
Pretty awesome hanging out with @edcarpenter20 and his teams here at Sonoma. Ed and I had some great races against each other in 2000. Glad to see what he has done as a driver and owner since the midget days. https://t.co/ywTq35gHAy
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) September 15, 2018
This is a teaser for what could become later.