Kurt Busch to test Andretti Autosport Indycar at Indianapolis

NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kurt Busch is to test an Andretti Autosport Indycar at Indianapolis next Thursday, and is open to attempting the Indy 500 in the future

Kurt Busch to test Andretti Autosport Indycar at Indianapolis

Busch, the 2004 Cup champion, will receive instruction from Andretti team boss and ex-IndyCar racer and CART champion Michael Andretti.

"I have always enjoyed racing at Indianapolis, and when IMS and Michael presented me with the opportunity to test an Indycar prior to opening day of practice of the Indianapolis 500, I jumped at it," Busch said.

"The Indianapolis 500 is an iconic event and having an opportunity to go through the testing process with Michael and Andretti Autosport, the defending series champions and two-time winners of the race, is pretty cool."

Andretti added: "I respect his talent and am happy to give him the opportunity to experience the raw speed of an Indycar.

"It's a unique feel and perspective - it will be totally different than what he is used to driving each week on the Cup circuit."

Busch refused to rule out an Indy 500 bid.

Although he is committed to NASCAR, in previous years Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti have all competed in the Indy 500 and Charlotte Cup race on the same day.

"Let's see how the test goes, and then I can look at the opportunities that could be beyond this coming Thursday," said Busch.

"Running the Indianapolis 500 would certainly be a highlight, and doing another 600 miles in a Cup car on the same day would make for a special weekend."

Andretti Autosport already has five Indy 500 entries lined up, with its Indy Lights driver Carlos Munoz stepping up to join its regular IndyCar squad of Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti and EJ Viso.

Busch has previous top-level single-seater experience from a Champ Car test (pictured) with Bobby Rahal's team at the start of 2003, which was organised by Ford.

shares
comments
Marco Andretti hopes for more passing in Brazil IndyCar round

Previous article

Marco Andretti hopes for more passing in Brazil IndyCar round

Next article

Sao Paulo IndyCar: Will Power fastest in first practice

Sao Paulo IndyCar: Will Power fastest in first practice
Load comments

About this article

Series IndyCar
Drivers Marco Andretti
Teams Andretti Autosport
How Herta's aversion to complacency spells bad news for his IndyCar rivals Plus

How Herta's aversion to complacency spells bad news for his IndyCar rivals

Colton Herta's dominant IndyCar win on the streets of St. Petersburg confirmed what rivals have long-suspected - that the second-generation racer is destined for stardom. But it was Herta's comments afterwards that gave perhaps the most interesting insight into a driver that will be around for a long time to come

IndyCar
Apr 29, 2021
How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival? Plus

How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ investigates Palou's potential

IndyCar
Apr 21, 2021
Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans? Plus

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans?

IndyCar's gold standard teams Ganassi and Penske are set for another slugfest beginning this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. A poor start to the first season with the new aeroscreen left Josef Newgarden with too much ground to make up on Scott Dixon in the title chase, but his strong end to 2020 suggests a battle royale lies ahead...

IndyCar
Apr 16, 2021
The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021 Plus

The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021

From rookies arriving with big reputations to veterans who still have the fire and an F1-linked squad pushing to join the big leagues, IndyCar has it all this year. Here are six of the key storylines to keep track of

IndyCar
Apr 15, 2021
The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

IndyCar
Mar 6, 2021
How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart Plus

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart

Flashes of brilliance amid spells of obscurity have been too common for Marco Andretti. While the third-generation racer has opted to bring his full-time IndyCar career to a close, his peaks and troughs have never been for want of trying

IndyCar
Jan 20, 2021
Why American racing's top dog is without equal Plus

Why American racing's top dog is without equal

A byword for success in business and in motorsport for over 50 years, Roger Penske's importance to the US scene cannot be understated. In an exclusive interview, the custodian of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway reflects on his journey

IndyCar
Jan 11, 2021