Although the NASCAR season is over, Kurt Busch still will be the busiest driver in NASCAR the next couple weeks with his participation in two entirely diverse offseason events.
Busch will race this weekend in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, which offers a cornucopia of diverse, random machinery, and drivers in North America’s longest endurance race.
He’ll share the No. 61 BF Goodrich Road Shagger Racing BMW M3 with co-drivers Gavin Ernstone, Jon Morley and Robbie Montinola.
Busch has some endurance race experience; he has two starts in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2005 and 2008. But while that’s the formal kickoff to the season, this is a much more low-key experience.
Thunderhill occurs this weekend, with all NASCAR Sprint Cup championship celebrations in Busch’s hometown of Las Vegas occurring this week.
After Thunderhill, Busch will head to Barbados for his maiden voyage to the Race of Champions. He was announced at the same time as Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff.
The Barbados event will see Busch, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 rookie-of-the-year, team once again with his month of May teammate at Andretti Autosport, Ryan Hunter-Reay, as the two American participants.
Busch was just in Monza over the weekend for a rally event.
While the last month has seen Busch in the news for reasons no one wants to see – an investigation has been launched into an alleged domestic assault against ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll – it will be better to see Busch in the news for what he’s best at, and that’s wheeling seemingly anything and everything he can get his hands on.
A hearing in that case will be held December 16.