Busch Impressive During IMS IndyCar Test
SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Kurt Busch won’t compete in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 this month, but he hasn’t dismissed the idea of returning for the 98th edition of the historic event in 2014.
Busch jumped behind the wheel of an Andretti Autosport entry today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, completing 83 laps and reaching a top speed of 218.210 mph.
Not bad for an IndyCar rookie at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Just an incredible feeling to be able to drive at Indianapolis in May in an Indy car and have the name Andretti on it,” Busch said. “It was a dream come true, and to have, like you said, all the support of the engine, tires and team to put it together, I’m thankful for that chance.”
The test was considered successful by both Busch and car owner Michael Andretti, who said he wanted to make sure the test gave Busch “a real experience.”
“I would say the day went as good as we could have expected. Kurt did exactly what I thought he was going to do,” Andretti said. “He just drove exactly the way we wanted him to do it. He gave great feedback, right on pace, built up to it nice and steady, didn’t do anything stupid, which we knew he wouldn’t, and it was a really good day.”
Busch was able to complete IndyCar’s Rookie Orientation Program during the test and is now a licensed IZOD IndyCar Series driver.
Does that mean we will see him in an IndyCar for the Indianapolis 500 later this month? Don’t count on it.