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Kurt Busch has become the first driver this year to pass rookie orientation for the Indianapolis 500.
The 2004 Sprint Cup champion came to Indy this week to test himself on the 2.5-mile oval in one of Michael Andretti's IndyCars. He wound up completing all three phases of the rookie test, the last requiring him to turn 10 laps in excess of 210 mph. He posted a lap of 214 mph early in the practice that lasted a little more than five hours.
Busch's name does not actually appear on Indy's entry list yet.
But he has three advantages over other drivers looking for late rides -- a fitted seat, a complete rookie test and an interested team owner with an available car.
BEST OF MAXIM
Unlike other former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions, Kurt Busch kicked off the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway attempting to pass his rookie test - for the IndyCar Series.
"For me to go up there and experience the track, experience an IndyCar and go through a rookie orientation -- to have (IndyCar President of Race Operations) Brian Barnhart hand me my card and license...
Kurt Busch's recent IndyCar test wasn’t a publicity stunt...
Kurt Busch would like to start seeing drivers attempt The Double again.
Shortly after arriving at Andretti Autosport headquarters in Indianapolis on Wednesday, the 2004 Cup champion wasted no time in urging officials from the NASCAR and IndyCar series to compromise on the Memorial Day weekend start times to make it possible. He says fans want to see it.
Only three drivers have...
Kurt Busch wants to race an IndyCar at Indianapolis.
Just not now.
The 2004 Sprint Cup champion kept Ryan Hunter-Reay's primary car out of trouble Thursday, topping 218 mph on one of the world's most prestigious tracks. He became the first driver to pass this year's rookie test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, likely creating a rumor-filled month of May.
Kurt Busch has set at Darlington Raceway record in earning the pole for the Southern 500.
Busch's lap of 181.918 mph Friday earned him his third career pole at Darlington and broke the two-year old mark of 181.254 mph held by Kasey Kahne. Defending champion Jimmie Johnson will start alongside Busch, followed by Kyle Busch, Kahne and Martin Truex Jr.
Kurt Busch got a strong...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Check off one more motorsports’ bucket list for Kurt Busch.
The 2004 NASCAR champion and driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series drove an Andretti Autosport Indy car Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) where he completed 83 laps on the famed 2.5-mile oval and reached a top speed of 218.210 mph.
“Pinch me, I am...
Kurt Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington with a time of 27.032 seconds. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Martin Truex, Jr. round out the top five starting positions. No drivers missed the race. The event will be live on FOX at 7:30 PM EST.
Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevrolet...
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch blistered the daunting Darlington Raceway oval Friday, setting a track record en route to claiming the No. 1 starting position for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race.
In Friday’s time trials at the 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval, Busch’s No. 78 Furniture Row/Serta Chevrolet SS posted a lap time and speed of 27.032 seconds...
Kurt Busch claimed the pole for the Bojangles Southern 500. The No. 78 car will lead a field of 43 to the green on Saturday night.
Here is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.
Cars to the Rear None
1. #78 Kurt Busch
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson
3. #18 Kyle Busch
4. #5 Kasey Kahne...