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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)
Kurt Busch speaks to the media after testing at Richmond International Raceway. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Harrelson Photography Inc.)
Brian Scott. (Picture Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Former racing driver Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pose during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, advances to the Championship 4 with his fourteenth place finish Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Truex, Jr. is joined with Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, advances to the Championship 4 with his sixth place finish Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway (renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the day to honor the four-time champion) in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon is joined with Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS  and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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