Following MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi's expression of interest as to Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 attempt, we consider the possibility of seeing 'The Doctor' try his hand at IndyCar in future... With McLaren driver Fernando Alonso already set to make his Indy 500 debut this May, seven time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is the latest superstar to express an interest in his performance during the big American race, leading us to wonder if a surprise attempt could be on the cards for the Italian bike racing megastar. Although on first look it would appear an unlikely match to see the legendary #46 behind the wheel of a 200 mph + open wheel racing car in competitive action, Rossi has proven time and again during his incredible career that he isn't afraid of a challenge. With several highly promising tests for the Ferrari Formula One team already under his belt, plus many national level rally events spread over several years, Rossi has always expressed an interest in considering a later career on four wheels once his illustrious MotoGP career comes to a full time conclusion. Despite a lack of top level car racing experience, Rossi has tried his hand at oval driving before when he took to the track in a Kyle Busch Toyota Camry from the NASCAR Nationwide series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2013, reportedly lapping consistently and producing times that would have put the bike racer within the top 15 for that event's Nationwide Series practice. So the speed is undoubtedly within the rider to compete at a high level in this sort of motorsport environment. “The one time I went with NASCAR and it was very interesting, but you understand it’s very different" said Rossi when speaking about Alonso's attempt at the 500. “It was a surprise, because it’s strange that Alonso won’t race in Monaco,” added the number 46 Yamaha factory rider "But I think the situation with the car (in F1) is difficult and he wants to try something else. “It will be very interesting to understand the potential of Alonso at Indy because it’s completely another world, especially when you race on the oval. Rossi has time and again proved his four wheel speed in both Formula One testing with Ferrari and his numerous rally victories and podium placings, so could the next step in expanding his racing credentials lead Rossi down the path of the Indy 500? Well we know the American fans adore Rossi already, and American sport in general is never slow to make the most of a marketing opportunity and expand the reach of the franchise, so a big name signing from outside of the usual pool of driving talent isn't as far fetched as it might initially appear. With the undoubted speed of Rossi, even as he approaches his 39th year, the marketability and fan draw of the #46 brand and one of the most high profile racing events in the world, Valentino Rossi and the Indy 500 very much has all the ingredients to be a blockbuster of a combination and something I personally would love to see become a reality... but will it ever happen, and if it did would Rossi be able to hold his own amongst some of the most elite oval drivers in the world? In other Indy 500 news, Alonso has been confirmed to drive an IndyCar for the first time following the upcoming Russian Grand Prix at the end of April, getting in some early seat time in his Indy 500 challenging mount before official testing for the big race begins on May 15th. Alonso, set to run for the famous Andretti Autosport outfit, backed by current Formula One team McLaren Honda, will be keen to get a early handle on a car that his very different from his usual working office, and driving on an oval track for the very first time in his career before hitting the circuit later in the month in a competitive fashion alongside the main IndyCar season field. For more motorsport news and discussions, head over to the Motorsports sub forum here at RaceDepartment and involve yourself with our passionate sim racing community. We host a number of live stream features from some of the best racing series in the world, offer comprehensive coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship and World Endurance Championship as well as several key motorsport series in the world. If you like racing, and enjoy sharing your passion with fellow race fans, then RaceDepartment is the place for you! Do you think Rossi would make the switch to car racing in future? Is the Italian superstar too old to try out for an IndyCar drive? What series could you see Rossi race full time once his MotoGP career comes to an end? Let us know in the comments section below!