Michael Andretti wants Kurt Busch back to drive in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.
According to a report on FoxSports.com, Andretti said the door is open for Busch to return for a second consecutive attempt at “The Double” on May 24: Racing in the 99th Indy 500 in the early afternoon and then competing in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that evening.
“I am a big supporter of Kurt and if we are able to put a deal together for him to run the Indianapolis 500 I will still run him,” Andretti told FOXSports.com. “He did a great job at the Indy 500 last year.
“Right now, our focus is on putting a fourth car together but there is still a possibility for something to come together for Indy. I would love to do it with Kurt Busch again. He was a pleasure to work with.”
Busch won Rookie of the Year honors in his first Indy 500 last May, finishing sixth in the so-called Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
His luck wasn’t as good in the NASCAR nightcap in Charlotte, where mechanical issues forced him out about two-thirds through the race, ultimately ending up with a 40th-place finish.
For now, Andretti isn’t letting Busch’s legal issues with former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll come into play in his decision to once again run the Las Vegas native in an Indy car.
The next hearing in the case is Jan. 12. It could be announced then whether Busch will face criminal charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in his motorhome at Dover International Speedway last September.
Dover (Del.) police have completed their criminal investigation and forwarded their findings to the Delaware Attorney General to determine whether Busch will or will not face charges.
As for Andretti Autosport’s overall plans for the Indy 500:
“We want to have a fourth full-time car, that’s our goal,” Andretti told FoxSports.com. “We are working very hard to get to four cars.
“My ultimate goal is to run five cars for the full year but, if we don’t, we want to do a one-off at Indy at least and, if we can put something together with Kurt Busch, we would love to do it.
“He was a real professional and learned a lot to the point where I think he would be a real factor in the race if we put something together. He did a hell of a job last year without experience.
“Now, with one more year of experience, I think Kurt Busch could be a real factor in the Indianapolis 500 in 2015.”
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