Busch will try to qualify for Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport
By: Autoweek Staff on March 4, 2014
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch on Tuesday announced he will try to turn into just the 4th driver in historical past to race in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’;s 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the identical day. Busch, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR’;s Sprint Cup Series, will attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport.
This will not be the very first pairing of Busch and Andretti Autosport. Busch last 12 months finished a test day with the group at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in the method passing the mandated Rookie Orientation Program, properly setting into motion the possibility of the double.
“This is genuinely to challenge myself inside of motorsports,” Busch said. “Perhaps I am a bit of an previous-school racer a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing various cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a assortment of factors, but when the chance is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my residence, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of many years in the past and check [an Australian] V8 Supercar. This chance was a talk with Michael [Andretti] above dinner one evening on ‘what if?’; and now it’;s all becoming a actuality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It truly is actually a dream come true.”
Busch, 35, has a active month of Could planned. He will compete in 3 NASCAR race weekends close to Indianapolis 500 routines: Might 10 at Kansas, the All-Star race in Charlotte on May 17 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May possibly 25. He will start off the 2-week Indy 500 stretch in Indianapolis Might eleven, fresh from the NASCAR race in Kansas. Soon after spending the week testing the Honda-powered Indy auto, Busch will log some severe air miles traveling among Indianapolis and Charlotte so he can qualify for the 500-mile race, and practice and qualify for the NASCAR All-Star race and that series’; 600-mile race. In complete, Busch will likely make a lot more than 10 trips in between the cities foremost up to the huge day on May possibly 25. Race day will area Busch in Indianapolis in the morning for the noon ET start off time of the Indianapolis 500 before he can make the trip to Charlotte for the 6 p.m. ET green flag.
Although the double will be a new experience for Busch, it will truly be Andretti Autosport’;s 2nd time participating in the feat. Robby Gordon (who along with John Andretti and Tony Stewart are the 3 earlier drivers to contest the double) competed in each races in 2003 for Andretti Autosport, filling in at Indianapolis for an injured Dario Franchitti.
“I’;m really fired up to have Kurt come on board for the Indy 500,” team proprietor Michael Andretti mentioned. “He did a great job for us when he examined final yr. He is clearly a normal talent, and we really feel he is going to get to the Indy automobile speedily and have a competitive month with us.”
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