by Staff reports, USA TODAY
Kurt Busch will test an Izod IndyCar Series car May 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 2004 Sprint Cup champion will drive a Dallara-Chevrolet prepared by Andretti Autosport, which won last year's championship with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Team owner Michael Andretti will attend and provide tips in helping Busch get up to speed.
"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," Busch said in a release from the speedway. "The Indianapolis 500 is an iconic event and having an opportunity to go through the testing process with Michael and Andretti Autosport, the defending series champions and two-time winners of the race, is pretty cool."
Said Andretti: "I had the chance to get to know Kurt last year when we were working on another racing project. 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."
Busch tested a CART Champ Car in February 2003 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, turning 18 laps in a Ford-powered Lola fielded by team owner Bobby Rahal.
In a news release from Indianapolis, Busch said he was considering running the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in the future. John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon have accomplished the feat.
"I am looking forward to this test and experiencing IMS at the speeds the Indy cars run," Busch said. "Let's see how the test goes, and then I can look at the opportunities that could be beyond this coming Thursday. Running the Indianapolis 500 would certainly be a highlight, and doing another 600 miles in a Cup car on the same day would make for a special weekend."