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Kurt Busch still thinking about potential Indy 500 run

Jul 28, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Kurt Busch AP

Almost three months after he tested one of Andretti Autosport’s IndyCars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch remains interested in competing in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

Busch, who rolls off sixth in today’s Brickyard 400 at IMS, obviously has making this year’s Chase as his top priority right now. But the former Sprint Cup champion is still very keen on tackling the ‘500.’

“It’s something you want to do as a dream,” Busch said to’s David Caraviello. “Sometimes you have to throw away common sense when you have a dream, and to go and do it. We’ll see if it turns out.”

Of course, should Busch decide to enter “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” that also means he’d have to run the Coca-Cola 600 in the stock cars later that day.

“A lot of guys would love to do [Indy], but there’s that 600-mile race you’ve got to do that same night,” Busch added. “So that’s the big focus for a stock-car guy.”

The Indy/Charlotte double has not been attempted since Robby Gordon ran both the ‘500’ and ‘600’ on the same day back in 2004. But Busch has shown several signs that he’s serious about doing it.

On May 9, Busch sampled what an IndyCar can do when he ran a test session in the No. 1 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet of Ryan Hunter-Reay. “The Outlaw” turned 83 laps with a fast lap at 218.210 miles per hour, and he also passed a simulated version of the Rookie Orientation Program that all ‘500’ first-timers must go through in order to compete in the race.

He has also picked the brain of former ‘500’ winner and current Nationwide Series competitor Sam Hornish Jr., who seems convinced that Busch will eventually experience what Indy is like in the month of May.

“He only went and did some practice this year, but I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him make it happen where he runs the Indy 500 in the next couple of years,” Hornish told’s Caraviello.

  1. bmcgrath2 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM


  2. snoopyo - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    As a diehard INDYCAR fan the only drivers from nascar I would like to see are the Busch brothers, Stewart and Keselowski. If Kurt does decide to do it I think Andretti Autosport would be the team he goes with and they have won the most races this year and they were awesome at INDY just got beat by TK’s awesome drive. I think he would like to get a race or two under his belt before going for the 500. Its all about the scheduling which I don’t see nascar doing anything to help him out. It will not be easy to win going against drivers like TK, Dixon, Hinch RHR,Dario, Helio and Power but you never know Munoz was pretty awesome in his first race.

    • bmcgrath2 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      I would like to see Dinger or Sam give it a run as well. Lol, 7 Cup drivers running the double in one year. Yep were definitely race fans. Thats some pretty wishful thinking unfortunately. But NASCAR has moved back the start to the Coca Cola (World) 600 before. And they were all for Robby and Tony doing it in 2003 (I believe), so to say NASCAR wouldn’t help them out isn’t really a lock. Personally, I would like see an Indycar driver take a crack at the 600. No way they would beat a Cup regular at an intermediate track, but just to see someone try it would be pretty cool. Better off an Indycar driver try to crack the top 20 than watching Mike Bliss park it after 15 laps.

      • bmcgrath2 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        Whoops I guess Robby ran the double in 04

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