Former Cup Series champ seems forward to incredibly busy month of Could
By: Curt Cavin on March 4, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Kurt Busch took his IndyCar rookie check final Could and will have a occupied routine in preparation for his double try.
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch will soon be an Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series driver, and he likes the sound of it.
“It was an incredible feeling to have Andretti Autosport hand me a contract — and a contract to drive a automobile that is capable of winning,” Busch told Autoweek. “Then to have Stewart-Haas Racing give me a stock automobile capable of winning the Coca-Cola 600. That is much more [important] than the hoopla that comes with it. It really is far more about getting prepared to win.”
If Honda’;s new twin-turbo IndyCar engine is up to the challenge at Indy, Michael Andretti’;s staff must contend for the win. Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti finished 2nd, third and 4th, respectively, in final year’;s race.
Busch explained he is usually been open to drivers making an attempt each series, and he considered himself a mentor to 3-time IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. when Hornish created the move to Roger Penske’;s NASCAR plan. Busch stated he ideas to revisit conversations with Hornish and view IndyCar video with Stewart, who is supportive of the double.
“I have so several [stock automobile] negative habits I am bringing into this,” Busch explained with a laugh. “I have to respect this Indy automobile.”
Busch explained Andretti Autosport has “a good game plan” for getting him up to speed, and although he would not verify specifics, that contains testing on at least a single track other than Indianapolis Motor Speedway outside of Might.
Busch took his IndyCar rookie test at IMS last Could in an Andretti vehicle, and he will make his official debut May 11 when the 500 opens for normal practice. He will have 4 full days in the vehicle prior to returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR practice.
Busch expects to make about 10 journeys back and forth among the 2 racing cities for the duration of May.
“I have to be as ready as I can for when they drop the green flag,” he stated. “Because when they drop that flag, I am on my own.”
Busch will become the 4th driver to consider Indy and NASCAR’;s Coca-Cola 600 in the identical day. The others were John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon.
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