INDIANAPOLIS – In 2014, Kurt Busch made the Memorial Day weekend “double.” Despite not ever running in a Verizon IndyCar Series machine before, Busch was stellar in finishing sixth in his lone start in the Indianapolis 500.
Now, his younger brother wants his shot.
Kyle Busch desperately wants to run the year’s biggest race, he even said he had a done deal for racing in this past May’s 101st Running. Unfortunately, his “boss” said no.
“I had it done last year, sold and everything ready to go and I got a boss that said no,” Busch said. When asked who that boss was?
“Figure it out,” Busch joked. I’ve got two bosses, one is a male and one is a female. So figure it out.”
Busch is referring to his owner Joe Gibbs and his wife Samantha Busch. The car owner boss has been open about not wanting his drivers to race in others series’. His wife Samantha has only held Busch back now on running extra curricular races on restrictor plate tracks.
So by “figuring it out” I’d say it was his car boss not his life boss.
“I would certainly,” Busch continued on whether he’d still like to do the ‘500 in the future. “I thought I had a great opportunity to do it. I’m kind of glad it didn’t come together because (Fernando) Alonso kind of stole the headlines.”
But, the two-time defending Brickyard 400 champion notes that he’s not the only one in the NASCAR garage wanting to try it.
“There may be more in the future with guys coming over to run that race. I may have to split the limelight with somebody else who wants to run that race. I think it would be fun and unique opportunity.
“The biggest thing that scares my boss is I’ve never driven those things. Cup cars, XFINITY cars or Trucks, I know what to feel and how to feel when something bad happens to straighten it out and try to fix it. I think that’s probably the biggest fear on knowing what those cars do when you get into a bad situation.”
I asked Busch if being a Toyota driver helps his options for future years. With just Honda and Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series, he doesn’t have to stay with just a Toyota ride.
“Yeah it would keep your options open a little bit on either side of the engine manufacturer,” he told me. “Obviously if Toyota was a third I would be limited to that so it does keep your options open.”
With that being said, if his boss would let him do it, would he trade any of his four NASCAR wins at the famed 2.5-mile track for one Indy 500 victory.
“No I’m good,” he continued. “I’d like to have the opportunity to go out and win it myself and if that opportunity comes we will see what happens.”