Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman has a special relationship with Indianapolis Motor Speedway: when he was 17 and racing USAC Midgets, he lived a block away from the historic track, and would often visit IMS and its Hall of Fame Museum. This weekend, he gets to live out the dream he had as a teen: racing at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
“Back in 2008 when I was racing midgets in the Midwest, I lived about a block from the track,” said Kligerman on the KBM website. “During the month of May if we weren’t off racing somewhere, I’d go hang out in the grandstands and watch practice or hang out in the pits. I didn’t know anyone, I was always just there hanging out and I fell in love with the race track and its history. It’s an honor to be able to finally get to race there. “
Kligerman will join the rest of the Nationwide Series drivers at Indy for Saturday’s second annual Indiana 250. The driver of the No. 77 Toyota Camry is coming off a sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway last Sunday. Saturday’s race will mark Kligerman’s first time racing at Indy.
“It’s definitely a larger flat track, which is something that we don’t run into often,” said Kligerman. “It has some unique characteristics, but some of it relates a little bit to Pocono, or in terms of the banking level it is similar to New Hampshire. It is definitely its own animal. Hopefully, we can go out there and get tuned in quickly to how unique it is and run at the front of the field. We are bringing a brand new Toyota Camry and I think that other teams will also be putting their best foot forward because it is Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Qualifying for the Nationwide Series Indiana 250 takes place Saturday, July 27th at 12:05 p.m. ET, with the race going green at 4:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com and www.nascar.com.
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