Casey Mears: Come on Back to Indy

Jason ShireyCorrespondent IJune 15, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Casey Mears, driver of the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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?