So far, a proposed offer by Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith to pay $20 million to a driver who wins the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day isn't getting much traction, at least among NASCAR drivers.
"I think if he's really realistic about it then he should move his race to Saturday night. Move your race to Saturday night and put your money where your mouth is after that," said Kevin Harvick, the Sprint Cup Series current points leader.
"Move the Coke 600 to Saturday night and let Tony Stewart and Juan (Pablo) Montoya and Casey Mears and all these guys - it's not a show if you don't give everybody a realistic shot."
Smith unveiled the idea during on Speed TV's "NASCAR Race Hub" show last Thursday. He said he had ongoing discussions with his counterparts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway about a promotion linking the famed Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 with anyone who won both races receiving a $20 million bonus.
"It would take a Superman-type driver to (win both events)," Smith said.
When told the current start times of both events make it near impossible for a driver to complete the feat, Smith said, "I've talked to Indianapolis and they would start their race at 11 o'clock & we'd have a jet waiting for the drivers.
"We'd helicopter them (to the track) and they'd have ample time before they had to get in their car to win the 600."
Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti have run both races on the same day in the past but without winning either event. Indy's current 1 p.m. start time makes running the double near impossible.
According to a report over the weekend by Speed TV's Robin Miller, the arrangement is far from complete and in addition, IMS owner Mari Hullman George has yet to sign off on it.