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More possible suitors for a Kurt Busch Indy 500 run?

Feb 14, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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It’s already becoming the “will he, won’t he” saga of the run up to this year’s Indianapolis 500. “It” is Kurt Busch‘s participation.

The “will he” part is, as it was a couple weeks ago, still hovering at the 70 percent mark. He expanded on this at NASCAR Media Day in Daytona on Thursday, and said there were more potential teams in the frame than Andretti Autosport, with whom he completed Rookie Orientation in 2013.

“My forecast hasn’t changed from the other week when I said I was 70 percent sure that I would run the Indy 500 this year,” Busch said, via the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website. “I’m still confident in that forecast. If I were a weatherman, I’d say bring an umbrella.”

The new teams identified are Chip Ganassi Racing, KV Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing, which all carry one thing in common: the Chevrolet bow-tie.

Ganassi already has a four-car lineup but with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship off between May 4 and May 31, it could have its sports car crew available to run a fifth car at the Speedway.

KV team co-owner Jimmy Vasser said earlier this week it would prefer to run a veteran driver in its third car for the ‘500, a car which is very likely to materialize.

“We probably wouldn’t consider a rookie,” Vasser said, leaving the door slightly ajar. “A guy or girl needs to be able to add to the program at Indianapolis. We don’t need to be dragging anything down. We need somebody that can lend a hand and be able to be a protagonist in the race.”

Carpenter’s team, since being founded ahead of the 2012 season, has never run a second car. It will have two drivers this year as Ed Carpenter (ovals) and Mike Conway (road/street courses) share the seat of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka entry.

Andretti’s squad, which had run Chevrolets the last two years, has shifted to Honda power in 2014.

Busch stays with Chevrolet in his new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, after he moves over from Furniture Row Racing.

The manufacturer divide may be the stumbling block that prevents Busch’s participation. Or, alternatively, it could be something both sides work through, which would be for the benefit of all parties. Only time will tell.

  1. f1fan1 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Kurt Busch, the latest saviour of the IRL. Hurry and and make an annoucement already, the gomerati are counting on all the NASCAR fans to switch to mindycar!

  2. testover6370 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I hope any 5th car for Ganassi goes to Karem for his development deal. I know the fans at Indy would welcome a 2nd Carpenter car. And for KV Busch May be an Indycar roomy but I think he has the skills to contribute.

    • testover6370 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Rookie was autocorrected to roomy.

  3. midtec2005 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I think it would be a lot of fun to see him run. We haven’t had a cross over driver in a long time. My guess is that it will take him a while to adapt, but by half way through the race, assuming he gets to that point, he will start driving confidently. It will probably take that long just to get used to passing and drafting in an Indycar, it is totally different than a stock car. The pass has to be completed before you get to the middle of the corner, whereas in a stock car they pass all the way through the corner.

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