Kurt Busch made headlines last week with his first IndyCar test in 10 years, when driving Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That was to prep for a possible debut in the Indianapolis 500 in 2014.
He resumed in his day job in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Friday, when he qualified on the pole at Darlington Raceway for Furniture Row Racing with a new track record.
This week, NASCAR takes the gloves off and eliminates the points for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR revised the All-Star Race format earlier this year.
Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion, had one of the more memorable incidents in the All-Star Race in recent years when he and younger brother Kyle collided in the 2007 race. Neither Kurt (Penske Racing) nor Kyle (Hendrick Motorsports) still drives for the team they did in 2007.
See it above in case you forgot how it went down.
Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.