Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/23/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Kurt Busch driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Indianapolis, IN- Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch made it official Monday afternoon that he would join Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season and beyond. Busch signed a multi-year deal with SHR to drive a fourth Cup car with the team. The move now makes Busch an even stronger candidate to win his second Cup title as he joins a championship winning organization with tons of resources. The biggest question though is what does this do to his IndyCar dreams? Busch tested an Andretti Autosport prepared Izod IndyCar Series machine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the Thursday before opening day for the track. He went through all the phases for Rookie Orientation and passed with ease. He made it up to the 218 mph range and had so much fun he vowed to come back next year to try the Indianapolis 500. Busch said the cars were just too physical and he couldn’t do it physically and mentally in racing 500 miles at Indy then go down to Charlotte to do the Coke 600 at night. He said he needed to try out an oval first then make his attempt in 2014. The deal was getting close as it was rumored Busch would drive an IndyCar in next month’s season finale at Fontana. His interest level was at an all-time high. Now that he’s signed a new deal with a new team does his IndyCar dreams go up in smoke? Time will tell but it actually could lead to an even better deal. His team owner Tony Stewart is a former Indy 500 starter and IndyCar champion. The Indy 500 still is his favorite race. I don’t think he’d have any problem with Busch doing the double. In fact, Stewart has been hinting in the year’s past about wanting to own an IndyCar team of his own. Maybe Busch running for Andretti could spark a merger between Stewart and Andretti on the IndyCar side. This could potentially bring Stewart, who’s still wanting to try the 500 at least one more time, and former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick over with Busch to try the double in May. All of this is truly speculation though as nothing has been said, but it would build some more intrigue to the interesting turn of events. In any event, Busch still has that dream. The only question is whether the deal is still possible. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: What does Kurt Busch to SHR mean for his IndyCar dreams? appeared first on Race Review Online.

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