Kurt Busch’s Indy 500 charge uncovered
Andretti Autosport has lifted the lid on the car in which Kurt Busch will make his Indianapolis 500 cameo appearance later next month.
Busch had previously announced he will do double duty on the Memorial Day weekend when he intends to fly to Charlotte after the Indy 500 to contest the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25.
The #26 Honda-powered car will be backed by Suretone Entertainment, a company founded in 2006 which has expanded film development, financing, production and management of music artists.
“Reality is setting in that this is real and it’s go time,” Busch said.
“For me, it’s a dream come true, but the kid in a candy store moment is all behind me.
“Now it’s the focus of practice time and settling in with Andretti Autosport.”
“Just to have Andretti Autosport and to have (team owner) Michael (Andretti) himself involved, this is the right way to do things.
“Their team experience will help lead my inexperience.”
Confirmation of Busch’s participation earlier this year came a month after it was announced that the 1995 Indy 500 winner and 1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve will make a one-off return to the brickyard.
Villeneuve will run a third entry for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Both Busch and Villeneuve are expected to undertake a specially organised test in the next 24 hours at Indianapolis.
The 35-year-old Busch trialled for Andretti Autosport at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year.
See below Racer magazine interview with Kurt Busch