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Post Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:14 pm

Kurt in Indy testing........

I was surprised......that Haas CNC didn't sponsor Kurt.....if he winds up in Victory Lane......shoulda, woulda, coulda.... Opportunity lost....



Kurt Busch to undergo Indy 500 rookie orientation UPDATE: It's been 14 years since Kurt Busch was last called a rookie. And even though Busch has a Sprint Cup championship trophy at home, he's still a rookie open-wheel driver as far as the Indianapolis 500 is concerned. That's why Busch and four other drivers will take part in the rookie orientation or veteran driver refresher course to be eligible to compete in the May 25th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track announced Tuesday. Busch will join four other drivers - Mikhail Aleshin, Martin Plowman, Jack Hawksworth and 1995 Indy 500 winner and former CART and F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve - for the three-pronged orientation and driving program on Tuesday, April 29th and Monday, May 5th. Villeneuve will only have to complete the final two phases of the three-phase program to be recertified to race in the 500 because of his prior experience there. The orientation/refresher is designed that all five drivers can potentially complete all three phases in one day. If they are able to do so, the second day would be for practice - or if they need more instruction.(NBC Sports)(4-23-2014)
UPDATE: Andretti Autosport unveiled Monday the black-and-white #26 car that Kurt Busch seeks to race in the Indianapolis 500, and Busch will drive that car Tuesday in the first day of rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch is attempting to become the fourth driver to race in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart have done it. Stewart finished in the top 10 in both races in 1999 and 2001. The double was last run by Robby Gordon in 2004.
Rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway consists of three phases where drivers must maintain a consistent speed within a preset range. Typically the range is 200-210 mph, 210-215 mph and then 215 and above. Once they have met those standards while being judged by observers, they are cleared to practice for the Indianapolis 500.
A second day of testing will be May 5. Busch will be allowed to run that day regardless of if he completes the rookie requirements Tuesday, an IndyCar official confirmed. Busch is scheduled to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 11 - the day after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway - for practice. Suretone Entertainment will be Busch's sponsor.(Motor Racing Network) (4-29-2014)
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Post Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:24 pm

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Some pics from today.......

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Post Thu May 01, 2014 5:21 pm

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Thanks great pics & good looking car. :)
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Post Thu May 01, 2014 6:00 pm

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dunno how Indy car rolls, but will they allow Kurt to wear a sponsored helmet not associated with the team in the race?
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Post Mon May 05, 2014 9:05 pm

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NOT TO SHABBY FOR A ROOKY......WTG :) :) top of the chart!!
Some one said these speeds would get him in the show towards the front......


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Post Tue May 06, 2014 1:27 pm

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Here you go Annalee since I still follow indycar--here's last yrs Pole speed & ALL the qualifying position results for the 2013 Indy500

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1644 ... -positions

In 2013 Ed Carpenter beat ALL the big teams to win the pole at 228.762 MPH.

Note: Legge in last, 33rd position last yr at 223.176 still much faster then Kurts speed you posted in comparison, but no worry as his qualifying should be much faster then practice as it usually is? :)
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Post Wed May 07, 2014 11:54 am

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Kurt must have forgotten to take his Talledega restrictor plate off!! ;) ;) :) I forget who the announcer was that said that......I think he writes for the Indy Star....
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Post Mon May 12, 2014 12:24 am

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THE DOUBLE: Kurt Busch | Indy 500 Practice | 05.11.2014 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

- Completed 31 practice laps around the historic 2.5-mile oval.
- Top speed was 220.352 mph (40.8437 seconds)
- Fastest lap came on 29th lap.
- Busch was the 12th fastest driver of the 24 drivers who practiced.
- Fastest driver of the session was Will Power at 223.057 mph (40.3485 seconds).


KURT BUSCH: "There's a lot of information. It's a lot of speed, too. At 220 (mph), things are moving quickly, but it's a lot of fun. With all the practice days, it's going to help me get comfortable and digest the information. Today I can draw a check mark through the day as a successful rookie day in playing with dirty air. The next day we have to advance that, and the next day we have to advance it again. Then on Thursday, we're going to look to start taking some downforce out of the car to get into qualifying mode, so we'll see how it all pans out."
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THE DOUBLE: Kurt Busch | Indy 500 Practice | 05.12.2014 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

- Completed 95 practice laps around the historic 2.5-mile oval. (Busch has made 126 total practice laps in the past two days.)
- Top speed was 222.770 mph (40.4004 seconds).
- Fastest lap came on his 79th lap.
- Busch was the ninth fastest driver of the 30 drivers who practiced.
- Fastest driver of the session was Ryan Hunter-Reay at 225.025 mph (39.9955 seconds).


KURT BUSCH: "It’s all due to the Andretti Autosport guys helping me to understand the draft and feel the dirty air. Each time out Craig (Hampson) – the lead engineer – makes changes to advance with my comfort level. It’s been a nice sequence to have the drafting with the teammates. Two days done, I still feel like we have two more days of solid drafting. The advancements I’ve made in two days, I feel like, are good. I still need two more."
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Post Tue May 13, 2014 4:43 pm

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NOT TOO BAD....

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Post Wed May 14, 2014 2:55 pm

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Thanks Annalee--much better speed then before for Kurt & good speed for JPM as well, but just like Nascar the speeds will greatly increase during qualifying as last yrs I posted? We'll see soon enough--good luck :)

Indy500 qualifying info:
http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.co ... raphic.pdf
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Post Wed May 14, 2014 3:07 pm

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Schmoopy1000 wrote:dunno how Indy car rolls, but will they allow Kurt to wear a sponsored helmet not associated with the team in the race?

im sure he will have one made for the race..
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Post Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 pm

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michaeljohn wrote:
Schmoopy1000 wrote:dunno how Indy car rolls, but will they allow Kurt to wear a sponsored helmet not associated with the team in the race?

im sure he will have one made for the race..

yeah just curious, because I know Monster sponsors Kurt directly kinda like Jordan sponsors Denny directly, so was just curious if they will let him use it even if it isn't signed with the team?
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THE DOUBLE: Kurt Busch | Indy 500 Practice | 05.13.2014 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

- Completed 39 practice laps around the historic 2.5-mile oval. (Busch has made 165 total practice laps in the past three days.)
- Top speed was 224.159 mph (40.1501 seconds).
- Fastest lap came on his 26th lap.
- Busch was the second fastest driver of the 30 drivers who practiced in the rain-shortened session.
- Fastest driver of the session was E.J. Viso at 224.488 mph (40.0912 seconds).
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THE DOUBLE: Kurt Busch | Indy 500 Practice | 05.15.2014 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

- Completed 111 practice laps around the historic 2.5-mile oval.
- Top speed was 224.739 mph (40.0464 seconds).
- Fastest lap came on his 30th lap.
- Busch was the ninth fastest driver of the 34 drivers who practiced.
- Fastest driver of the session was Helio Castroneves at 227.166 mph (39.6186 seconds).
- Busch has made 276 total practice laps in the past five days. (Rain prevented Busch from participating in yesterday’s practice session.)
- Of the five days of practice, Busch’s best speed is 224.739 mph (40.0464 seconds), earned today. It is the 15th fastest overall time of the 39 drivers who have practiced thus far.


KURT BUSCH: "Today was a good day… just feeling more comfortable in the draft and out with other cars. Whether I got a big tow or whether I was just there to follow and feel the handling of my car, things are really starting to come together. It was a nice day for all that to come together after all the rain yesterday. So, the speeds are there, my comfort is there, now we’re just getting into more fine tuning on what I need to understand and be able to apply once we get into race conditions later on. Friday will be more of a qualifying approach, so we’ll see how that next step goes."
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