Kurt Busch has been known for driving just about every kind of race car or car that you can imagine. Now he’s about to add to his list!
Busch will be testing an IZOD IndyCar for Michael Andretti at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. He [Busch] will be behind the wheel of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s No. 1 Chevrolet. Busch is no stranger to open-wheel cars, having tested a CHAMP Car in 2003 with Bobby Rahal’s team.
”I have always enjoyed racing at Indianapolis, and when IMS and Michael presented me with the opportunity to test an Indy car prior to opening day of practice of the Indianapolis 500, I jumped at it. The Indianapolis 500 is an iconic event and having an opportunity to go through the testing process with Michael and Andretti Autosport, the defending series champions and two-time winners of the race, is pretty cool,” Busch said in a statement.
He and Andretti previously worked with each other in the past on a racing project (rumors say Andretti’s potential NASCAR team, but there are doubts about that too).
”I had the chance to get to know Kurt last year when we were working on another racing project,” said Andretti in response to the announcement. ”I respect his talent and am happy to give him the opportunity to experience the raw speed of an Indy car. It’s a unique feel and perspective…”
After the test and seeing his speed, Busch says he will look at any opportunities that come his way. He says running both the Indy 500 and the Coke 600 would be a special highlight in his career.