Rumor: Kyle Larson to race in 2022 Indy 500 (2nd Update)

Larson’s success has begun to gain him a level of mainstream notoriety that has been enjoyed in the past by other all-around drivers — Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, and Tony Stewart — who could and would race anything and would win heaps of races doing it. While those outside of racing have taken notice of just how talented he is, his success across many different forms of racing has inspired the imagination of those in motorsports.

“I would love to run the Indy 500 someday,” Larson told CBS Sports. “But I would only want to do it if the right opportunity was out there, and I was in a car I felt like was capable of winning with a team and crew that has a history of winning here at the Speedway,” Larson said. “Those cars, I’ve never driven them, but they’re probably way different than anything I’ve ever driven. So, it would take a lot of time and effort to get good and get comfortable at it.

The Cancel Culture tried to ruin his career, but Kyle Larson again shows the world he is simply the best American driver of this era

“And I don’t want to just show up and say that I competed in the Indy 500. I want to actually give myself a legitimate shot of winning. And with that comes a lot of work. But yeah, I would totally do it if the right opportunity was there.”

Mark C. of AutoRacing1.com has declared Larson to be the best racecar driver in the United States, hands-down.”

“I think the definition of ‘the greatest racecar driver’ is different to everybody,” Larson said. “I see a lot of people who think that Formula 1 is where the greatest drivers in the world race, so their race fans might think one driver is better than an American racer or whatever. I think either way, getting the compliments from peers and competitors and whoever it may be, it makes you feel good inside and keeps you wanting to make yourself even better.”


August 19, 2021 

See added tweet below – Roger Penske at IMS last night for the BC39 Midget race (won by Kyle Larson)  dropping a big hint that he is indeed working on getting Kyle Larson a ride in the Indy 500 – perhaps to drive his #22 car.


August 19, 2021 

The absolute best American race car driver in the current era is Kyle Larson.  He is  a stud in everything he drives – NASCAR, USAC, World of Outlaws.

He started his career in open wheel cars and to this day keeps winning in Sprint and Midgets week-in and week-out.

Much to the chagrin of the Cancel Culture who tried to ruin his career, Larson is a Superstar.

Rumor has it that Roger Penske is working to get Kyle Larson a ride for the 2022 Indy 500. He is seen below talking to Larson last night at IMS after Larson won the BC39 USAC race.

Wednesday night at IMS – Roger Penske and Kyle Larson possibly talking about Larson driving in the 2022 Indy 500

Since Larson drives Chevy powered cars in NASCAR, one might think that he would drive for Roger Penske’s Chevy IndyCar team, but Roger never runs a one-off car just for the Indy 500, at least not of late. Might he make an exception for Larson?

Many other teams do run one-off cars for the Indy 500, both Chevy and Honda teams – like Ed Carpenter Racing, Andretti Autosport, RLL, AJ Foyt, Dale Coyne, etc.

At this point we could only speculate who might put a deal together for Larson, but it is fairly safe to say that with HendrickCars.com solidly behind Larson in everything he races, they would be his primary sponsor for any Indy 500 deal.

With rumors Team Penske might drop back to a 3-car team in 2022 for Newgarden, Power and McLaughlin, might we see Larson in the #22 Team Penske Chevy for the Indy 500 only?

In other IndyCar rumor news, Stephanie Tindall, Carlin’s PR manager and wife of team founder Trevor Carlin, told Motorsport.com that the team is upbeat on prospects for 2022 and two full-time cars is the goal.

“We’re at the same point as this time last year,” said Tindall, “trying to nail down sponsors for Max and trying to find other drivers who are either funded or who we can find funding for.

“Max hasn’t definitively said he wants continue in 2022, but then he hadn’t said that by mid-August in previous seasons, either, so there’s nothing unusual about that.”

Asked what the chances are of the team re-expanding to two cars, as per 2018 and ’19, Tindall replied: “They’re better than last year. I feel like we’ve weathered the COVID storm.

“In 2020, we had a European sponsor pull out on the very eve of the season, when the pandemic also caused St. Pete to be canceled – or eventually postponed to the end of the season. But we already have momentum with the #59 car.

“It’s interesting because we felt 2021 would be even harder than ’20, and it was at first because we were coming off the back of the pandemic. But we’ve weathered that and there are more positive conversations going on than this time last year, in terms of potential sponsors and investors.

“And also, guys like [Romain] Grosjean coming over, and [Christian] Lundgaard doing that one off last weekend and Alex Albon visiting – that’s all helped reinvigorate the driver market. I feel IndyCar teams can be a lot more confident because there’s so much interest from Europe in this series.

“So I’m not going to put any specific odds on running two cars, but it’s looking a lot more promising than at the same point in 2020.”

“I think there are a lot of drivers looking to America now,” she replied. “I think we’re at a point in IndyCar where the depth of talent in the field now is phenomenal. So for European-based drivers to look across and see the chance to compete in a series on an even footing with their rivals – which certainly isn’t the case in Formula 1 – is really attractive.

“That said the budgets are still really big, substantially more than Formula 2, so there is still a big task, for both team and driver, to find the funding to make a move like that work.

“But yeah, we do have a pair of really strong drivers in F2 and I’m sure IndyCar is on their radar.”

We have updated our 2022 IndyCar Silly Season Page accordingly.

Last Updated August 19, 2021

2022 IndyCar Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Primary Sponsor Rating Comments
AJ Foyt Racing
Chevy
4 Dalton Kellett K-Line Strong
14 Sebastien Bourdais ROKIT Speculation Likely to re-sign
14 Tatiana Calderon ROKIT Speculation Could replace Bourdais
11  Charlie Kimball  Tresiba Speculation

Andretti Autosport

Honda
25
Stefan Wilson Lohla Sport Speculation Indy 500 Only
Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Speculation Indy 500 Only
26
Colton Herta Gainbridge Fact Signed
27 Alexander Rossi NAPA and AutoNation Strong Signed, but Penske beckons
28 Romain Grosjean NAPA and Miami Breeze Car Care Strong replace RHR
Arrow McLaren SP Chevy 5 Pato O’Ward Arrow Fact Signed
7 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow Speculation Has to step up his game
7 Nico Hulkenberg Arrow Speculation Eying IndyCar
6 Juan Montoya TBD Speculation Indy 500 only
Carlin Racing Chevy 59 Max Chilton Gallagher Insurance Strong Likely to re-sign
TBD TBD Speculation Needs Ride Buyer Money
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Marcus Ericsson Huski Chocolate Strong Likely to re-sign
9 Scott Dixon PNC Bank Fact Signed
10 Alex Palou NTT Data Fact Signed
48 Jimmie Johnson Carvana Strong May run full season
Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser Sullivan Honda 18 Ed Jones Sealmaster Strong Likely to re-sign
Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing Honda 51 Romain Grosjean Miami Breeze Car Care Speculation Andretti Bound?
51 Alex Albon Money from Thailand Speculation F1 reserve driver itching for real racing
52 Ryan Norman Koinu Inu Cryptro Speculation
52 Cody Ware TBD Speculation
Dreyer Reinbold Chevy 24 Sage Karam Wix Strong Indy 500 Only
67 JR Hildebrand Salesforce Strong Indy 500 Only
Ed Carpenter Racing
Chevy
21 Rinus Veekay Sonax Fact Signed
  Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Speculation Indy 500 Only
20
Ed Carpenter US Space Force Fact Ovals Only
Nico Hulkenberg TBD Speculation Road and Street Only
Conor Daly US Air Force Strong Looking for $
Meyer Shank Racing Honda 60 Kevin Magnussen AutoNation and SiriusXM Speculation Would Ganassi let him go?
60 Simon Pagenaud AutoNation and SiriusXM Strong Penske may cut him loose
60 Kyle Kirkwood AutoNation and SiriusXM Speculation Would bring Lights $1 million
06 Helio Castroneves TBD Fact Signed
Paretta Autosport Chevy 16 Simona De Silvestro   Strong Indy 500 Only
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 15  Graham Rahal United Rentals Fact Signed
30

Takuma Sato Panasonic, Mi-Jack Speculation May Retire
Christian Lundgaard TBD Strong Has given up on F1 dream
45 Antonio Felix da Costa
TBD False Will not happen
Jack Harvey HyVee Strong Leaving MSR to fill team’s 3rd full-time car for 2022
Santino Ferrucci HyVee Speculation
Team Penske Chevy 2 Josef Newgarden Hitachi Fact Signed
3 Scott McLaughlin Shell, PPG Strong Penske may send him to IMSA unless he steps up his game
12 Will Power Verizon Fact Signed
22 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Speculation Indy 500
Top Gun Racing Chevy   RC Enerson US Navy? Fact Indy 500 Only?