Busch: ‘Nothing Can Compare’ To Starting Indy
Michael Andretti and Kurt Busch will team up for the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
A self-described “old-school racer,” Kurt Busch will attempt to become only the fourth driver to compete in IndyCar’s historic Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s 600-mile marathon in the same day over Memorial Day Weekend in May.
Busch, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion in 2004, will team with Andretti Autosport in a bid to qualify for his first IndyCar Series race – the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 – on May 25. Busch also plans to complete “The Double” by competing in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, N.C., later that day.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” said Busch, 35, who is in his first season of driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR’s top series. “Perhaps I’m a bit of an old-school racer; a throw-back, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It’s tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it.
“While NASCAR is my home, I‘ve been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test an (Australian) V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with (team-owner) Michael Andretti (along with agent John Caponigro) over dinner one Read the full story »