NASCAR star Kurt Busch to steer V8 Supercar

Kurt Busch will drive the Commodore in Austin this week

Kurt Busch will drive the Commodore in Austin this week

Renowned NASCAR bad boy Kurt Busch will take to the wheel of a V8 Supercar at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, this week.

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion, who races for Furniture Row Racing, will bring his Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup car to the Austin circuit on Tuesday for comparison with the Commodore Car Of The Future prototype.

The media event is part of the Austin 400 promotion that has seen James Courtney turn laps of the COTA in the Commodore during this weekend’s Austin MotoGP meeting.

Australian motorcross star Chad Reed is will also drive the V8 Supercar as part of the week’s festivities.

“I’m flattered to be invited by Circuit of The Americas and the Australian V8 Supercars series to participate in this unique event,” said Busch in a statement.

“Getting a chance to drive a V8 Supercar was high on my wish list, and the chance to do it at Circuit of The Americas makes this a dream opportunity.”

Busch is the brother of fellow NASCAR star Kyle, and has raced for underfunded Chevrolet squads since being fired from Penske Racing at the end of the 2011 season for verbally abusing a television reporter.

The V8 Supercars will race at the Circuit Of The Americas on May 17-19, contesting four 100-kilometre sprints.

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