Within the last decade, we have arguably seen some of the greatest crossovers into NASCAR in the history of the sport. Recently, it as become a hotter topic with many fans desire to see DP cross over from open wheel to race with "the boys."
If you're a fan of open wheel and NASCAR, you may or may not have asked yourself the "what ifs" of a driver from Cup coming over to run in the IRL. I know I have. In fact, growing up in the same town in the 80s, I followed Casey Mears and the Mears gang in particular. I was very excited to see Casey work his way into CART through the Indy Lights series, and get a chance to race with Team Rahal back in 2000 at California Speedway, where he ran fifth.
So why not a foray back into his roots?
His Cup career has been marginal at best. His most recent successes coming with Hendrick winning the Coca Cola 600 in 2007; his 2008 and 2009 seasons have been sub-par. Through 15 races this yea,r he has only two top 10s racing for Richard Childress Racing.
He's a fairly popular guy, marketable, and good in front of the camera. He's given the series a great shot over the course of eight years, but why not make a run at Indy? Why not be a part of rebuilding a racing venue that his legendary uncle and father help build?
I, for one, would pay to see a Mears running against a Rahal and Andretti again. It would be an even greater triumph to see him get a chance to run for Roger Penske under Uncle Rick's tutelage.
In years past, it was not uncommon to see drivers run races in other series, and I think it would be incredibly exciting to see how truly great a driver is. How would Jeff Gordon do at Indy? Jimmie Johnson? Heck, you KNOW Tony Stewart would love another shot.
Come on, Casey. What have you got to lose?