|Stewart is mulling an offer from Roger Penske to drive in the Indy 500. (Getty Images)|
Will Tony Stewart do the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 double next season?
I sure hope so. Stewart has done it twice in his career, starting the day at the Brickyard and then finishing under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But with an offer on the table from Roger Penske to drive one of his potent rides in next May's Indy 500, Stewart would have a legitimate shot at winning both races. Such a feat would be one of, if not the greatest achievements in all of sports.
Imagine Tiger Woods winning the British Open and then flying back to the states only to prevail at The Masters later that same day. Stewart could pull off the auto racing equivalent in the traditional 1,100 mile motorsports odyssey. While Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti have all competed in both events, none really had a legitimate chance to take a pair of checkered flags. That would change should Smoke take Penske up on the Indy invitation.
There would need to be some changes to the schedule in order for Stewart to try the double, namely moving the Indianapolis start time back to the traditional 11 a.m. green flag that was dumped a few years ago. The speedway and Indy Car racing should never have messed with it in the first place, and when it moved it eliminated any driver's consideration in pulling off the twin bill. Lord knows the race (and open wheel racing) could use the attention and publicity of Stewart attempting the feat.
The ball's in Stewart's court. Here's hoping he accepts the offer and the stars align for next Memorial Day weekend to be something very special.