Kurt Busch passes rookie orientation at IMS

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Kurt Busch is an experienced driver, but as of Thursday, he is officially a rookie once again.

Driving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an Andretti Autosport vehicle, Busch took laps around the track Thursday morning and passed the rookie orientation program to become an official IndyCar rookie.

“That first time you get out and you are going in the 200 (MPH) range, or 207 and things are going crazy,” said Busch about his experience in an IndyCar. “But then it started to slow down, with the open cockpit feel, the steering, the inputs in the car, it all just started to come to me. Next thing you know, we are running 218.”

Busch took the track in Ryan Hunter-Reay’s number-one vehicle, and to Andretti Autosport’s Michael Andretti, his sucess wasn’t much of a surprise.

“He did exactly what I thought he was going to do,” said Andretti. “He is a professional, a racer, and it’s just another racecar. He had to go out, listen to what I had to say, what Hinch had to say, and he just did it at his own pace and got it there. I knew he was going to get it there, and he did exactly what I thought he was going to do today.”

Busch has not made any commitments to driving in any IndyCar races anytime soon, but with this, the door of possibility is wide-open.