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Kurt Busch will, in fact, be doing “the double” this year!
When the gun sounded on the final day of qualifying, Kurt Busch established himself firmly in the 12 starting position. No he isn’t charging to the green flag from the front row. However, let us refresh our memory, last year’s winner, Tony Kanaan, started the Indy 500 from the same position that Busch will be starting the race from, the 12 spot! Therefore, it can be safely said that ol Kurt is not starting so far back, the outside of row number 4, that would preclude him from having reasonable shot at winning the 2014 Indy 500!
To prove how close the competition is for Pole Day at Indy, let’s look at the pole sitter, Ed Carpenter and the 12th place driver, Kurt Busch. Carpenter qualified at a speed of 231.067 MPH, that is the average speed or the four qualifying laps. Kurt Busch ran four qualifying laps at an average speed of 230.782 MPH. That is a difference of a mere of .085 MPH! That is a difference of just less than .1 of a MPH! If they were racing side-by-side, that would be just a few inches difference in the their laps!
Since there has been only three drivers previously to try “the double”, Tony Stewart, John Andretti, and Robbie Gordon, and all three were much younger than Busch when they made their attempt, it will be very interesting to watch this unfold! Busch has a ride with one of the best IndyCar teams, Andretti Autosport, and therefore, has as good of a chance to win the Indy 500 as Stewart, Andretti, and Gordon had in their attempts.
Now there are always several questions to be asked of veterans and rookies alike. Can Busch get through the green flag jitters? Can KuBu navigate the first turn when everyone is fitting to get to the bottom of the first turn? Can Kurt stay out of “other driver’s trouble”? Can Busch get to the front and stay within striking distance? Will the pit crew keep him “in the hunt”? Will his team’s strategy allow him to “be there at the end”?
So tune into ABC next Sunday morning to watch “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing”, and watch the first part of Busch saga of “doing the double”! All of these questions will be answered by the time the checkered flag flies at the end of the 200 laps!
Good luck Kurt!
Check out the starting lineup for the 2014 Indy 500.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!