As of now, there won’t be a representative of NASCAR in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. But that could change in the coming weeks, as Kurt Busch is the only NASCAR driver who seems to have an eye on the race.
Busch competed in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, becoming the first driver to run in the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day in 10 years. He gave an update on his Indy 500 prospects Friday after winning the pole for today’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Nothing new on Indy,” Busch said. “Part of the reason for staying here in Vegas extra is a few different meetings have popped up. We are going to go through some of the meetings, even bumped into Sam Schmidt today. There is definitely the interest, the intrigue, but nothing to announce right now.”
Sam Schmidt is the co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Schmidt will field the entries of James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin in 2016. Busch drove the No. 26 for Andretti Autosport in the 2014 Indy 500.
Busch started 12th and finished sixth and won the race’s Rookie of the Year award.