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Parker Kligerman headed to Indy to search for IndyCar ride - NASCAR - Sporting News

Well, Kligerman is headed to Indianapolis on Sunday.

“I’m going to be meeting with some people,” Kligerman said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “That will be fun. … We’ll see (about my future).”

The 23-year-old Kligerman, who started the year driving for Swan Racing before it discontinued operations last month, will be on standby for Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch over the next two weeks. While he practiced on Friday, NASCAR will not allow Kligerman to qualify or to start the all-star race for Busch because he is not eligible for the all-star race. If Busch does not make it in time for qualifying, he would just start in the rear of the field — just as he would for a driver change.

Making it for the race Saturday shouldn’t be a problem for Busch with Indy 500 first-round qualifying scheduled to end no later than 5:50 p.m. ET Saturday. Qualifying for the all-star race is at 7:10 p.m., with the race having a 9:17 p.m. green flag. It shouldn’t take more than 90 minutes to get from one racetrack to the other.

Kligerman also will be on standby the following week, although Busch should be at all practices and qualifying sessions for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Kligerman will have to drive the car in practice to have a few laps in case Busch doesn’t get from the Indianapolis 500 to Charlotte in time as he attempts both big races on the same day.

“I’m just very grateful and honored to have the opportunity and for someone like Kurt, a champion in our sport, to give me that call and have the belief in me and do this for him,” Kligerman said.

After these two weeks, Kligerman said he wants the best opportunity. He had planned to be in Indianapolis all this weekend until the call two weeks ago to be on standby for Busch.

“It’s all in the working stage, building stage and some of that is going out to Indy meeting some of those people and those sorts of things going on,” Kligerman said about his future. “My sole focus right now is when an opportunity comes it's the right opportunity. … I’ve got time on my side.

“I feel like making sure the opportunity is the right one, it’s the one I want to do, it’s one I am enthused about and hopefully that can forward my career and I can do good job in.”

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I wouldn't want PK to leave NASCAR, but I understand his desire to run a car in any series. All I know is, if PK switches to IndyCar, I'll be watching A LOT more Indy races.
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