NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch climbed into a ride of a different kind on Tuesday as part of a media event to promote the V8 Supercars Series race May 17-19 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. As part of the promotion, Busch made a 20-minute run around the road course in a V8 Supercar, while Supercar driver James Courtney took Busch’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup car for a spin.
“It was sure a thrill to get into a car that I have watched and admired for many years during all those Supercar road races,” Busch said. “It was also a little weird driving the Supercar and watching my car stretch its legs down the straightaway.”
Before getting into the Supercar, though, Busch acclimated himself with the track by driving his familiar ride, his Sprint Cup car.
“I had a blast driving my car on the road course and even more of a blast in the V8 Supercar,” Busch said. “The Circuit of The Americas is an awesome track with a lot of interesting and fun turns.”
When it came time to climb into the V8 Supercar, Busch had a few things to get used to. Opening a door to get into the car, as opposed to climbing in the window, was the easy part. Busch had to get used to a car with the steering wheel on the right side and the shifter to his left.
“I knew it was going to be a whole different feel to shift and drive from the right side, but I was really looking forward to it,” Busch said.
Courtney was impressed by Busch’s regular ride.
“The NASCAR car was massively impressive, a beast of a machine with a lot of power,” Courtney said. “It was a unique experience for me to drive from the left side and shifting the H pattern. The car moved around a lot more than what I am used to.”
Busch also provided a positive review of the Supercar.
“It’s a muscle car but it’s a sports car at the same time. It has speed, agility and breaking power,” he said.
– Photo by Keith D. Rizzo