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Kurt Busch to try out IndyCar at Indianapolis

Ahead of the start of activities for this year's Indianapolis 500, Kurt Busch is to try out an IZOD IndyCar Series car for the first time on Thursday.
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch is certainly having an interesting and varied time of it at the moment.

Last week he took part in a car swap promotional event with his V8 Supercar counterpart James Courtney at the brand new Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin Texas. Then this week it was back on duty in his regular #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Cup car at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

But this coming Thursday will be a whole new experience for the 34-year-old Las Vegas native, as he takes to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an IZOD IndyCar Series open-wheel Dallara for the first time, after taking up an opportunity from Michael Andretti.

"I have always enjoyed racing at Indianapolis, and when IMS and Michael presented me with the opportunity to test an Indy car prior to opening day of practice of the Indianapolis 500, I jumped at it," said Busch.

"I had the chance to get to know Kurt last year when we were working on another racing project," explained Andretti. "I respect his talent and am happy to give him the opportunity to experience the raw speed of an Indy car.

"It's a unique feel and perspective - it will be totally different than what he is used to driving each week on the Cup circuit," he added.

Nor is this just another PR event: Busch says he's serious about trying out the IndyCar and has more in mind than just a one-off run behind the wheels for the cameras.

"Let's see how the test goes, and then I can look at the opportunities that could be beyond this coming Thursday," he said, hinting that he might be seriously looking at a future run in the Indianapolis 500 down the road.

The Indy 500 takes place on the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but competing in both is not out of the question with a little luck, a prompt finish in Indianapolis, and a fast airplane on standby.

In recent years it's been mooted that former IndyCar stars Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart might be tempted to try exactly that feat. Stewart has already done it twice in the past in 1999 and 2001, as have John Andretti and Robby Gordon. While Busch might not currently have prior experience in open wheel racing, it's not exactly an unprecedented suggestion that he might try for "the double" over Memorial Day weekend at some point in the future.




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Kurt Busch, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS qualified fourth during practice Friday, April 12, 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway for the NRA 500 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk for Chevrolet)
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch and 2010 V8 Supercar title winner James Courtney trade cars at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 23 in a media event promoting the first V8 Supercar race in the US due to be held on May 17-19 2013. (Photo Credit: Paul Ryan Media for V8 Supercar Austin 400 at the Circuit of the Americas)
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch and 2010 V8 Supercar title winner James Courtney trade cars at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 23 in a media event promoting the first V8 Supercar race in the US due to be held on May 17-19 2013. (Photo Credit: Paul Ryan Media for V8 Supercar Austin 400 at the Circuit of the Americas) Kurt Busch, James Courtney, media event, V8, NASCAR, Cup, Circuit of the Americas, COTA, Austin, Texas
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch and 2010 V8 Supercar title winner James Courtney trade cars at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 23 in a media event promoting the first V8 Supercar race in the US due to be held on May 17-19 2013. (Photo Credit: Paul Ryan Media for V8 Supercar Austin 400 at the Circuit of the Americas)
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