Kurt Busch Now Eligable for the Indy 500

Yesterday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch got the chance of a lifetime to drive an IZOD IndyCar Series car. He joined Michael Andretti and his Andretti Autosport team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a testing session.

Apr 12, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (78) is interviewed during qualifying for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Busch’s best speed checked in at a blazing 218 miles per hour. He completed eighty-three laps and all three phases of the IndyCar rookie orientation program…therefore, Busch is eligable to race in this year’s Indianapolis 500 should he choose to do so. Of course that is pending he can find a ride.

However, don’t expect to see Busch pull the infamous double-header this season!

“I wouldn’t be able to do it this year just with stamina, with not giving my all to my (stock car) team in Charlotte,” he said during a conference. “I was white knuckled and tense, and that was only after 10 laps.”

The strangest part of the learning how to drive an IndyCar at a track he knows well he said was being able to drive the car through the corner wide open.

It appears that Busch is eying a chance to race in the Indy 500, possibly next year, but says he needs some more seat time and needs to learn the open-wheel car more before doing so.

Topics: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IZOD IndyCar Series, Kurt Busch, Michael Andretti, NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series

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