Standing inside the Andretti Autosport building, mere minutes after landing in the city of Indianapolis, Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch could not wipe the gigantic grin off of his face.
“Wow, this is big time,” said Kurt Busch.
“To have Andretti give you a call in the month of May, I’m a stock car guy, not an open-wheel guy. It is a dream come true, a unique opportunity in the world of motorsports, and just to tie it all together, I guess the word or quote that you are supposed to use is I’m just a racer. If somebody is going to send me out in a racecar to car to go drive, then I’m going to drive it.”
Busch, who will be using Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car at a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday morning, plans to pass IndyCar’s rookie orientation this weekend. From there nobody knows what the future holds, though there is always the possibility of running both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 double in the future.
“I wouldn’t call it an audition,” said Busch. “I think the most important part here is just to have the fun with it first, and then let the business side take care of itself later.”
Currently Busch is sitting 20th in the Sprint Car standings after having an accident that sent him barrel-rolling this past Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. He said he reached out to Sam Hornish Jr. for advice on driving an IndyCar, but he knows the only thing that will officially have him ready is getting inside a car itself.
“There is nothing that can prepare you for trying to hold a car wide-open at Indianapolis going into turn one,” said Busch.
“Because my discipline, I have to lift all the way at the one-marker with a big, heavy stock car. There is the speed side of it, there is the experience of a rear-engine car, and he said between a stock car and an IndyCar, they are both intimidating in their own right. But he said he was more intimidated by a stock car at Indianapolis, but that is just because he is an open-wheel guy his whole career. This is where I will definitely be more intimidated by an IndyCar then a stock car at Indy.”