NASCAR star Busch tests a Champ Car

NASCAR star Kurt Busch had a test in a Champ Car during Spring Training at the Sebring circuit in Florida yesterday (Wednesday)

NASCAR star Busch tests a Champ Car

Busch, who won four races and finished third in the Winston Cup standings last year, completed 18 laps of the 1.78 mile circuit, with his best time of 54.72s just 1.3s off the pace set by PK Racing driver Patrick Lemarie. The driver enjoyed one spin, which he attributed to cold Bridgestone tyres.

"One of the main differences is that in a stock car, you're not on the outside in the wind," said Busch. "The speed lifted me out of the car, because I wasn't wearing a helmet with a lip on it [to prevent lift]."

Busch was impressed by the braking power of the Lola. He said: "Overall, the braking is incomparable to anything I've ever driven before - or anything I'm ever likely to drive again. The amount of pressure I applied to the brakes on a Winston Cup car is 800 psi [pounds per square inch]. The amount of pressure I applied to the brakes in a Champ Car is 800 psi. But you can do twice that much in a Champ Car.

"So, I probably threw away a second and a half braking for Turn One and Turn Six. There was also quite a bit of time to be gained by understanding - and trusting - the downforce."

However, Busch is unlikely to switch from Stock Cars in the near future. "I'm going to stick to my day job, driving Winston Cup," he said. "But the door to Champ Cars is cracked open."

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