Could Former NASCAR Champion Be Headed To the Indy 500?
After two days of testing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past week, Kurt Busch will be testing again at the Brickyard this coming week – but this time in an IZOD IndyCar Series car.
Busch, the 2004 NASCAR champion, will be racing his Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet No. 78 in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday. He has come close to winning many times at the restrictor plate tracks in Talladega and Daytona with four top-3 finishes at Talladega and six top-threes at Daytona. Qualifying for Sunday’s race was cancelled due to rain and the starting lineup was set according to the rule book.
Busch will then be heading back to Indianapolis for his debut in an Indy car this coming Thursday. Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti presented the opportunity to Busch to test a Chevrolet-powered Andretti Autosport Indy car just prior to the opening day of practice for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The question is whether Kurt Busch will become the next driver to compete in “The Double” – racing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day.
Only three drivers have tried the Double before – Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti.