Kurt Busch Passes on Running 2016 Indianapolis 500by Kyle Pokrefky March 23, 2016 0 comments
In a post on his official website on Wednesday, Kurt Busch announced that he will not participate in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.
Busch previously attempted the Indianapolis 500 in 2014 with Andretti Autosport and came home with a sixth-place finish.
While the offer for this year was certainly tempting for Busch, he stated that his focus for the weekend would be better spent on his Cup ride with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Through five races this season, Busch currently sits seventh in the points standings with four top-10 finishes to his credit.
Although he will sit out of this year’s Indy 500, the driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet is not ruling out a future return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an IndyCar.
“After seriously contemplating making another run at “The Double”, and in response to the many questions I receive on the subject as the Month of May approaches, I wanted to state that I will not be participating in this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500,” Busch stated. “I must say this was not an easy decision and it does not in any way reflect upon my desire to compete again in one of the world’s greatest races; it is based solely on a need to maintain the focus and momentum we have built early in this NASCAR season with our #41 Stewart-Haas Racing, Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevy team – hopefully all the way to Homestead and the championship weekend.”
When writing on his IndyCar debut with the Andretti stable from two years ago, Busch looked back with fond memories and thanked team principal Michael Andretti for the opportunity.
Busch also wrote that the Andrettis are open to partnering with him for another 500 run in the future.
“My experience with Andretti Autosport and its drivers was so very positive and the way in which the IndyCar fans and media welcomed me, it is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career both personally and professionally,” Busch continued. “Fortunately, Michael and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have left the door open for a future run, and perhaps one day I will take them up on that, it just won’t be this year.”
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