2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg has expressed an interest in entering the IndyCar finale, where a $5m bonus has been offered to a series outsider who can win the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 16.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard has said he would like the list of guest stars for the event to include a rally driver. Solberg, who is running the WRC this year as an owner-driver in a privately run Citroen, is intrigued by the challenge, even though he has very limited experience of open-wheel racecars and none of oval racing.
"I always wanted to try something like this," said the Norwegian. "Competing at an event like this would be good fun. I have tested a Le Mans car and a Formula 1 car, so I don't think the driving challenge would be a problem for me."
Former Indy 500 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve also reportedly has had discussions with IndyCar about taking up one of the five guest slots in the race.