Kurt Busch cleared to drive after fiery crash during Indy 500 practice

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19, 2014)— Driver Kurt Busch escaped injury after crashing during practice for the Indianapolis 500 Monday afternoon.

Bush, no. 26 of Suretone Honda, got loose entering Turn 2 and made hard contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2, said IndyCar officials. The crash sparked a small fire, and Busch’s vehicle did a half spin before coming to rest in the grass area at the exit of Turn 2.

Busch climbed out of his car and was evaluated at the track’s infield care center. He was uninjured and cleared to drive.

Busch released the following statement:

“I was starting to feel comfortable. That’s when I made the mistake of just letting my guard down or settling into that long run type mentality whereas with an Indy car you have to be on edge. You have to keep track of where you are at all times and the adjustments in the car. Maybe I just didn’t keep up with keeping the car underneath me. Trying to get into that rhythm and feel other things around you and I got behind on my adjustments in the car.” (What it feels like to crash before race day): “It’s nice to have it at an opportune time. We still have Carb Day to shake things down and get back in the groove. This created a lot of work for the Andretti guys. I feel bad for that. As a rookie, there’s things you learn and put it up on the edge and get away with and then there’s times when it will bite you. It’s just tough. I thought I was finding a rhythm and settling into that long run type pace and learning the tows and the draft and I didn’t keep track of the adjustments of the car.” (About how working in traffic and the crash): “One hundred percent just working in traffic. Just trying to settle in and not make mistakes and I just made a mistake.”