NASCAR driver Vickers in talks for SPM Indianapolis 500 drive

NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner Brian Vickers could contest this year's Indianapolis 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

NASCAR driver Vickers in talks for SPM Indianapolis 500 drive

Vickers raced for Hendrick Motorsports and Red Bull in NASCAR before missing most of the 2010 season with what emerged as blood clotting issues.

While he returned in 2011, the issue has prevented him from racing full-time since.

The 32-year-old is currently filling in for the injured Tony Stewart, finishing seventh at Martinsville last weekend for Stewart-Haas Racing.

"I would love to have something to announce [but] unfortunately there is nothing to announce at this point," Vickers admitted.

"It is still on the table. It's not done, but it's not off the table yet either.

"We will continue exploring that and if it happens great, if not, move on to the next opportunity and maybe next year."

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports fields James Hinchcliffe - who returned to the scene of his 2015 accident on Wednesday - and Mikhail Aleshin in the IndyCar Series.

Vickers would fill a potential third entry, but Stewart's lack of a clear return date is among the factors.

"I would love to race anything, quite honestly - the Indy 500 would be one of them," Vickers said at Texas Motor Speedway, before this weekend's NASCAR event.

"I would love to run Le Mans again. I would love to race sportscars.

"I would love to be in this car [Stewart's NASCAR]. I am really enjoying this opportunity as well.

"I'm open to all of those opportunities - Indy is one of them."

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