Days of Thunder II: Kurt Busch to channel his inner Cole Trickle at Daytona

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There are things that are cool in racing – and then there are things that are waaaaayyyy cool.

Kurt Busch will definitely be part of the latter category in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

In a special one-off ride for team owner Rick Hendrick, the elder Busch brother will drive a Chevrolet Camaro with a day-glo yellow and lime green paint scheme and City Chevrolet sponsorship identical to one that Tom Cruise drove in the seminal movie, Days Of Thunder.

(Speaking of which, can you believe it’s been 23 years since DoT first hit the big screen? Now, doesn’t that make you feel old?)

“I can’t wait to get out there, drop the hammer and maybe do a little rubbin’,” Busch told FoxSports.com.

Or, as Robert Duvall (crew chief Harry Hogge) says in the movie, “Rubbin’s racin’.”

Busch is the defending winner of Friday’s NNS race.

To add a bit more spice, Busch, Hendrick and crew chief Nick Harrison acted out a couple of scenes in the movie that were caught on video.

And we use the word “acted” VERY loosely.

Let’s just put it this way: if you have visions of Hollywood stardom, guys, don’t give up your day jobs any time soon.

But in the whole big scheme of things, this is one of the best promotions we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s for a good cause: to raise awareness for the “Help Save Our Troops” campaign by the Armed Forces Foundation.

We can hear Busch now on the team radio: “I’m droppin’ the hammer.”

And we won’t be surprised to hear Harrison do his best Hogge imitation by replying back, “Now Kurt, when that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads ‘9,000 RPM,’ that’s bad.'”

Or, if Busch has a bad night, maybe he and Harrison can reenact another famous scene from the movie:

Harrison: All right. While we’re still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car.

Busch: Hit the pace car?

Harrison: Hit the pace car.

Busch: What for?

Harrison: Because you’ve hit every other god—— thing out there, I want you to be perfect.

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

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Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018