Could We See Kyle Busch in a Formula One Car Someday?

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IJanuary 17, 2017

Kyle Busch—AKA, Rowdy—can win in anything. I'm convinced that if you put him in a cardboard box with 150-pound weights as the wheels (with spikes sticking out that dig into the road), he would still be fast.

The debate on whether it's his talent or equipment is irrelevant here, but now, the 23-year-old Busch has been rumored to be interested in a Formula One ride one day—and he's not ruling it out.

"Obviously the focus here is to go for Nationwide and Cup wins and championships and compete for championships, try to dismantle Jimmie [Johnson] off the top of the rung," Busch said Friday at Las Vegas, where he will start along side his brother Kurt in Sunday's race.

Busch may not be ready to jump ship just yet, but he's not saying it couldn't happen later in his career.

"It's something I'd love to take a shot at one day...,” he said. “Hopefully, one of these days I'll get a chance to drive one and see if I'm good at it."

Who doesn't think he wouldn't be good at it?

Busch won 21 races between NASCAR's top three series last year, and has one win each in the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series so far this year.

The questions about Busch's interest in a Formula One ride arose earlier this week when his name was linked with the new USF1 team based in Charlotte, NC.

While he said he has had no contact with representatives from the team, Busch told reporters that he did feel it would be easier to shift from NASCAR to open-wheel, as opposed to doing it the other wasy such as Juan Pablo Montoya, A.J. Allmendinger and Scott Speed.

"It's going to be a big change," he said. "I feel like it's probably easier to go that route than it is for those guys to come to this route because these cars have less down force, less grip, more weight on the car, less technical advancements and stuff like that.

"To me it seems like it would be a lot easier to drive a car that's fully equipped. It's kind of like getting in a Volkswagen Beetle versus a Ferrari. Those are kind of the differences."

Differences that don't seem to scare Busch away from the possibility of jumping behind hte wheel of a car one day.

"It's not quite time for me to do that yet," he said. "If I could win a championship here in the next two or three years, then I wouldn't mind going over there and doing that, trying it for a few years and coming back.

"I think I would still be young enough where, if I could win a championship by 25, go run Formula One for a couple of years and be back by 28, I've still got plenty of time left to run in NASCAR.
"That's just what I see. A lot of things would have to work out for that to happen. You'd have to be guaranteed a spot with a team to come back with and stuff, so that's not always possible."

Being just 23, Busch has two years to accomplish his championship if he wants to be on the aforementioned schedule. Busch was the dominant team for 26-races in 2008, but faltered in the Chase, limping home to a 10th place showing in points.

The new USF1 team in Charlotte is expected to begin competition in 2010.