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This 2013 Indy 500 winner will substitute Kyle Larson if he fails to reach at Indianapolis 500

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The Indianapolis 500, also known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” is a prestigious event that draws top drivers from around the world. This year, the spotlight is on Kyle Larson, the NASCAR sensation attempting to conquer the iconic oval in an IndyCar. However, what happens if Larson encounters unforeseen challenges?

As per motorsports.com, Kyle Larson said, “Yeah, hopefully, that doesn’t arise, But I’m not sure who the one is to make that call. I’m sure there’s a window of time that when it gets to a certain point I have to leave because the Coca-Cola 600 is the priority that weekend and chasing another NASCAR Cup Series championship is the priority.”

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Kyle Larson also shed light on the substitute driver for Arrow McLaren, “Yeah, I just hope that doesn’t come about. Tony Kanaan is there for reserve, if something like that does happen, to fill in for the (Indy) 500. But yeah, just pray that doesn’t happen.”

Kyle Larson’s Ambitious Double Duty

Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson’s decision to attempt “the double” is ambitious. He aims to compete in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race, on the same day. While this feat is impressive, it also presents logistical challenges. Weather delays, mechanical issues, or fatigue could force Larson to make a tough choice.

Arrow McLaren, the team fielding both Larson and Kanaan, has a contingency plan in place. According to an IndyCar representative, Kanaan would only be called upon if Larson were forced to withdraw from the race. Kanaan coming in as a relief driver after a certain number of laps is not an option.

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Tony Kanaan has etched his name in IndyCar history. He won the Indy 500 in 2013, capturing the hearts of fans with his emotional victory. His experience, skill, and familiarity with the track make him an ideal substitute. If Larson faces adversity, Kanaan’s presence could provide stability and expertise.

As the countdown to the Indy 500 begins, all eyes are on Kyle Larson. But let’s not forget about Tony Kanaan—the mentor, the legend, and the potential substitute. Whether Larson completes the double or encounters challenges, Kanaan’s role adds intrigue to this year’s race.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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