Kurt Busch: Indy 500 return is “something we haven’t talked about”


Last May, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch finished sixth in a fine first appearance at the Indianapolis 500.

But today in Charlotte during the NASCAR Media Tour, Busch said that a second attempt at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – and with that, a second attempt at The Double of the “500” and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day – has not been discussed by him and team owners Tony Stewart and Michael Andretti.

“It’s nice to have Tony Stewart’s blessing to run Indy, and Michael Andretti giving me the access to come back to give it a shot, but it’s something we haven’t talked about,” Busch said during this afternoon’s presser for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“There’s been plenty of other things in this offseason to stay focused on.”

That’s certainly true for Busch, who is not only preparing for the 2015 season with new crew chief Tony Gibson but was involved recently in a courtroom hearing based on alleged assault charges from his ex-girlfriend.

As for Andretti, who fielded Busch’s Verizon IndyCar Series machine at last year’s “500,” he told FoxSports.com earlier this month that while Andretti Autosport’s main focus is on fielding a fourth car for the 2015 IndyCar season, there was still a chance for something to come together with Busch for the Month of May.

“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,” Andretti said in that interview. “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.”

Busch’s ride with Andretti for last year’s “500” was not announced until March, a little less than three months before the race. Going off of that, there’s still time for another deal to emerge this year – but obviously, that time is ticking away.

After finishing sixth in the “500,” Busch was whisked away to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. His bid to join teammate/boss Stewart as the only drivers to complete all 1,100 miles of the Double ended with engine failure on his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at Lap 274 of 400 – less than 200 miles from that mark.