INDIANAPOLIS - NASCAR's Kurt Busch will be in Indianapolis next week to test an Indy car on the famed oval.
Busch will test a Chevrolet-powered Andretti Autosport Indy car Thursday morning, two days before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens for practice for the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti will be on hand to help coach Busch.
"I have always enjoyed racing at Indianapolis, and when IMS and Michael presented me with the opportunity to test an Indy car prior to opening day of practice of the Indianapolis 500, I jumped at it," Busch said in a statement. "The Indianapolis 500 is an iconic event and having an opportunity to go through the testing process with Michael and Andretti Autosport, the defending series champions and two-time winners of the race, is pretty cool."
Andretti said he's looking forward to the test.
"I respect his talent and am happy to give him the opportunity to experience the raw speed of an Indy car," he said in a statement. "It's a unique feel and perspective -- it will be totally different than what he is used to driving each week on the Cup circuit."
Busch left open the door to compete in "The Double" -- racing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day -- in the future.
"Let's see how the test goes, and then I can look at the opportunities that could be beyond this coming Thursday. Running the Indianapolis 500 would certainly be a highlight, and doing another 600 miles in a Cup car on the same day would make for a special weekend," he said.
Only three drivers have attempted the Memorial Day weekend double -- John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon.