Kurt Busch To Test IndyCar At IMS
SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Indianapolis Motor Speedway has revealed that 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch will test an IZOD IndyCar Series entry out of the Andretti Autosport stable next Thursday.
Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti will be on hand to provide driver coaching and assist in getting Busch up to speed quickly. Opening day at IMS for the IZOD IndyCar Series is next Saturday, May 11.
“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,” Busch said. “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.”
“I had the chance to get to know Kurt last year when we were working on another racing project,” Andretti said. “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 – it will be totally different than what he is used to driving each week on the Cup circuit.”
Busch left open the door to compete in “The Double” – racing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day – in the future.
“I am looking forward to this test and experiencing IMS at the speeds the Indy cars run,” Busch said. “Let’s see how the test goes, and then I can look at the opportunities that could be beyond this coming Thursday. Running the Indianapolis 500 would certainly be a highlight, and doing another 600 miles in a Cup car on the same day would make for a special weekend.”
Only three drivers have attempted the Memorial Day weekend double – John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon.