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Indy 500 qualifying update: Kurt Busch posts a 230-plus lap, completes “dream come true”

May 17, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

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Kurt Busch is one of several drivers who are making a second qualification attempt for the Indianapolis 500 this afternoon. After feeling what he called “disconnected” in his first run, Busch was thrilled with his second, which at time of completion moved him from P12 into the Fast Nine at 229.960 at P3.

“The track had me so disconnected this morning,” Busch told the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network after his second run. “I tried so hard lap 1, lap 2, lap 3 and lap 4 this time. The drizzle was hitting the visor. I just said go with it. This is the fun of Indy. Craig (Hampson, engineer) made a good adjustment, I settled down. It takes a team. This Andretti team has helped my inexperience.

“Even if we get bumped out, my heart feels content with what we did today. The way the whole system this has sped up with… it’s a dream come true. I went 230 mph and pretend I can be on the front row. I feel like a nice chapter has been closed. If we’re not we’re fine.”

Busch, driver of Andretti Autosport’s No. 26 Suretone Entertainment Honda, is due to leave from here to get to Charlotte for tonight’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, where Parker Kligerman has deputized for him in the interim in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.

His NASCAR boss, Tony Stewart, has tweeted his support for Kurt’s qualifying run.

Others who have made second runs: Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mikhail Aleshin, and Pippa Mann. All have improved from their morning qualifying attempts.

Rookie Sage Karam has also completed his first qualifying attempt, as the high school senior qualified ahead of three of four Chip Ganassi Racing entries in the CGR satellite No. 22 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records/Brantley Gilbert Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing.

“It’s a pretty incredible feeling. I’ve been chasing this my whole life,” said Karam, who’s only 19. “I couldn’t have done it without all the people. We’re in a great spot. It’s been a great team effort so far. I wasn’t comfortable so far, but slowly but surely we’ve got more comfortable. I was pretty calm this run.”

  1. klmallender - May 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Go Kurt!!! I’m certainly not his biggest fan but, if that car can retain it’s speed in the race the Indy regulars are going to learn about KB’s driving prowess and insincere feelings towards anyone else competing for the same prize he is, be it the Borg-Warner trophy or a chili dog, if it’s up for grabs he’s gonna give you a fight for it.

  2. manik56 - May 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    If it’s not on TV, did it really happen?

    • testover6370 - May 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Streaming on Watch ESPN, audio and gasoline alley cam on Indycar website, and IMS Radio Network broadcast including satellite radio made it really easy to follow along. Broadcast and cable tv are just one way of doing things these days, and it’s a fading one at that.

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