In the golden age of American racing, NASCAR drivers often came north to the Speedway to test their talents in the Indy 500. Here are a few.
When MCG was a little sprout back in the ’60s, one of the things that made the American motorsports scene so exciting to watch was all the cross-disciplinary racing. Driven in part by generous tire and manufacturer money, Indy car drivers raced in NASCAR, stock car drivers went to LeMans, sports car drivers entered the Indy 500—and there were even guys like Foyt, Andretti, and Gurney who could race and win anytime, anywhere.
It was a magical time to be a race fan, with plenty to talk about: rivalries, politics, bragging rights.
Because this is May, when thoughts turn toward the venerable Speedway at 16th and Georgetown, let’s take a look back at a few of the drivers who made their names in NASCAR, then stepped up and took a run at the Indianapolis 500. Gallery below.