Kurt Busch Passes IndyCar Rookie Test!

Kurt Busch


(WOMR file photo)

 Kurt Busch wants to race an IndyCar at Indianapolis.  

However, just not this May.

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion kept Ryan Hunter-Reay’s primary car out of trouble Thursday, topping 218 mph on one of the world’s most prestigious tracks. He became the first driver to pass this year’s rookie test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, likely creating a rumor-filled month of May.

“I really couldn’t do it this year because of the stamina,” Busch said. “My hands were tense and firm and that was only after 10 laps. Michael (Andretti) wants to do it, but they’ve already got five cars committed this year, so I think the proper thing would be to get some experience with this car at another track.

There’s going to be a lot of swirling that goes on after day like today, after reaching 218 on your first day around this place,” Busch said after posting a fast lap of 218.210 mph. “But that doesn’t mean anything because I need more time.” Andretti acknowledged that’s a possibility later this year, if Busch can work out the details with his Cup schedule.

Could it be that next year we see Kurt Busch “doing the double”?

Wasn’t it just a year and a half ago that ol Kurt was in “deep doo-doo” for his verbal abuse of Dr. Jerry Punch?  Wasn’t his name, in NASCAR, synonymous with “persona non gratis”?  Is not this the same person who Roger Penske had to fire from “the blue deuce” ride??  Hmm, now Michael Andretti is offering KuBu a chance to test one of his (Michael Andretti’s) Indy cars at the most famous racing facilities in the entire world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

The answer to all of the previous questions are yes, yes, and yes!  Nevertheless, do not be surprised to see Kurt in an Indy Car before this season is over, if he can clear his schedule, and line up some sponsorship money.  Additionally, you may very well be seeing KuBu “doing the double”, Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600, next Memorial Day weekend!


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