Indy 500: UPDATE – Kurt Busch to switch to backup car

Indy 500: UPDATE – Kurt Busch to switch to backup car

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Indy 500: UPDATE – Kurt Busch to switch to backup car

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2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch became the second rookie of the month to clobber the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s 98th running of the Indy 500. (Scroll down for video.)

 
Busch, driving the No. 26 Suretone-sponsored Andretti Autosport Dallara-Honda, got loose while he was in the middle of a pack of cars while navigating Turn 2, momentarily caught the slide, then shot hard into the SAFER barrier with the right side of the car.
 
The 35-year-old slid down the track and came to a stop on the infield grass, then climbed from the car under his own power before being examined and released from the infield care center.
 
“I was starting to feel comfortable,” said Busch, who hit the wall after completing a lap of 223.4mph. “That’s when I made the mistake of just letting my guard down or settling into that long run-type mentality whereas with an Indy car you have to be on edge. You have to keep track of where you are at all times and the adjustments in the car. Maybe I just didn’t keep up with keeping the car underneath me.”
 
After initially planning a rush repair job, the team announced Monday afternoon that the car could not be repaired in time for the race. Instead, Busch will compete using the backup car of teammate Marco Andretti and will maintain his starting position of 12th. He will drive that car for the first time on Carb Day practice, at 11 a.m. on Friday.
 
“It’s nice to have it an opportune time,” Busch said of the timing of his crash. “We still have Carb Day to shake things down and get back in the groove.
 
“This created a lot of work for the Andretti guys. I feel bad for that. As a rookie, there’s things you learn and put it up on the edge and get away with and then there’s times when it will bite you. It’s just tough. I thought I was finding a rhythm and settling into that long run type pace and learning the tows and the draft and I didn’t keep track of the adjustments of the car.”

 

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