At the rate he’s going, it won’t be long before Kurt Busch runs out of things to check off his bucket list. He certainly checked off quite a few this past week.
During the Sprint Cup off-weekend, Busch visited Lithuania, and then traveled to take in the European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.
While there, he had the opportunity to sit in a Haas F1 Team race car. Team owner Gene Haas, who also owns the team Busch drives for in NASCAR, has promised Busch he’ll get a chance to one day drive an F1 car provided one thing: he wins the Sprint Cup championship again.
For now, just sitting in the car was a thrill in-and-of itself.
And then on Tuesday, while heading back to the United States for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway, Busch took a detour to climb behind the wheel of a GP2 style car – similar, but smaller and less powerful compared to an F1 car – and ran a number of hot laps at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The predecessor to GP2 was the Formula 3000 series, which ran until 2004.
The track, which is the site of the season-ending F1 race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 27, refers to the driving experience as Formula Yas 3000. Here’s a video of what Busch went through on Tuesday.
Here’s a number of tweets Busch posted during his excellent overseas adventure:
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.