At the rate he’s going, it won’t be long before Kurt Busch runs out of things to check off his bucket list. He checked off quite a few this past week.
During the Sprint Cup break, Busch visited Lithuania and traveled to take in the European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.
While there, he had sat in a Haas F1 Team race car. Team owner Gene Haas, who also owns the team Busch drives for in NASCAR, has promised Busch he’ll get a chance to one day drive an F1 car provided he wins the Sprint Cup championship again.
For now, just sitting in the car was a thrill in-and-of itself.
Tuesday, while heading back to the United States for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway, Busch took a detour to climb behind the wheel of a GP2 style car – similar, but smaller and less powerful compared to an F1 car – and ran a number of hot laps at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The predecessor to GP2 was the Formula 3000 series, which ran until 2004.
The track, which is the site of the season-ending F1 race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 27, refers to the driving experience as Formula Yas 3000. Here’s a video of what Busch went through on Tuesday.
Here’s several tweets about Busch and his excellent overseas adventure:
The Abu Dhabi experience came just after his run in Baku, more tweets of which you can see below.