Kurt Busch Seriously Contemplating Running The Indy 500


kurt busch haasKurt Busch has every reason to be optimistic as he prepares for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint cup series season to begin next month in Daytona.  The 2004 NSCS champion is slated to drive for Stewart Haas Racing this upcoming season. In addition to running the entire 36 race schedule on the cup side, Busch potentially could find himself among the 33 participants in this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Busch said he expects to have “a pretty good indication” by the end of this month if he indeed will make an attempt to run this year’s five hundred mile Memorial Day weekend spectacular.

 

Last season Busch successfully completed IndyCar’s rookie orientation program in preparation to run the Indy 500 in a car prepared by Andretti Autosport.  Busch’s said to have a standing offer from Andretti Autosport once again to run the May 25th race in addition to another team who’s offered Busch a similar deal.    At the moment one obstacle standing in the way of Busch’s Indy 500 dream is lacking of testing time from here until the time of the race in May. Busch had hoped to enter the season finale at Fontana last October in order to gain some valuable seat time on an oval in IndyCar. But those plans were derailed once he and former team Furniture Row Racing qualified for the chase.

 

If Kurt Busch were to qualify for this May’s Indianapolis 500 he would join an elite company of drivers including Tony Stewart, John Andretti, & Robby Gordon as the only other drivers to run both the Indy 500 & Coca Cola 600 in the same day. Although Busch has a few advertising partners lined up to support his IndyCar effort he knows making the event is a complete longshot at this point. “I turn 36 this summer said Busch” and to me that’s like an artificial drawing a-line in the sand of I’m getting too old” I can’t teach myself new tricks. You can show up at Indy as a 20 year old and go and do that. So I’m thinking this is probably the cutoff year.  Busch’s new boss Tony Stewart (Who’s completed double duty twice 99, 01) is 110 percent behind Kurt’s effort to become the first driver to run both events in the same day since Robby Gordon did back in 2004. Stewart’s commitment to his newest employee goes far beyond morale support. Tony’s stated on several occasions, he plans on making the trip down to Indy should Kurt Busch make the memorial day extravaganza.

 

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