5.9.13 (via SBNation.com) – Wheeling one of Michael Andretti’s Indy cars, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch posted a top speed of 218 MPH and passed his rookie test to gain eligibility to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
In his first laps driving an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch posted a top speed of 218 MPH Thursday.
In a car owned by Michael Andretti and normally occupied by reigning Izod IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Busch ran a total of 83 laps and completed all three phrases of the rookie orientation program.
If he so chooses, Busch is now eligible to compete in this year's Indianapolis 500.
However, never having competed in an IndyCar race and wanting more experience, he instead is eying a start in the 2014 edition of the Indy 500. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion would like to run the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 doubleheader and admitted that he needs to improve his stamina to accomplish such a feat.
"I wouldn't be able to do it this year because of stamina," Busch said. "Today, I was white knuckled and tense, and that was only after 10 laps. To crawl and then walk and the then walk and run, I think the next step is to go to another oval and another race and see how the car runs in traffic."
Busch's performance left Andretti, who has led more laps at Indy than any other driver without winning the 500, impressed.
"Kurt did everything I thought he would do," Andretti said. "He was on pace immediately and he worked his way through the day. It was a good day."