Kurt Busch Wants to Take a Shot at the Indianapolis 500

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMay 22, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 09:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, stands on the grid prior the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500 on May 9, 2009 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In the past, it wasn't uncommon to see Sprint Cup Series drivers running two races in one day during the month of May.

Early Sunday they would be at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 and then would hop on a plane and head for the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.

It was a sight to see some of the helicopters land on the infield and the drivers climb out, ready to race again.

That would be going from a 500 mile event to a 600 mile event.

The Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest and one it's biggest events.

Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, and John Andretti are some of the drivers that have done the double in the past.

However, the schedules for both series no longer makes that possible.

But on Friday afternoon at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, Penske Racing driver Kurt Busch said he would like to get a shot at the Indy 500 driving one of Roger Penske's cars. 

"I do remember a guy like Donnie Allison running in the Indy 500 and coming the next day and running in the Coca-Cola 600," he said.

Except, it's not like days gone by when a driver can just go from one series to another and be successful.

So Busch has a plan.

"If I was able to pass rookie orientation and go through the proper training to run an IRL race, obviously you just don't show up and run Indy. You have to get some races under your belt. You're going to make mistakes and the older you get it seems the tougher it is to rebound from mistakes in the IndyCar, mistakes can lead to injury," Busch said.

Prior to this Sunday's 50th Coca-Cola 600, Roger Penske, a.k.a the Captain, will be watching three of his drivers attempt to win him his 15th Indianapolis 500 as a car owner.

It will be the 100th running of the Indy 500.

Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe, and Will Power will line up with Castroneves on the pole, Briscoe in second place and Power from position nine. 

Ryan Briscoe is one of the favorites, as he was the fastest man most of the month during practice. 

Their Sprint Cup teammate Kurt Busch, meanwhile, will surely be watching from Charlotte and be thinking about how he might get a chance to taste the best drink of milk anyone has ever had. 

"If the opportunity presented itself, working for the Captain, I would have a really good shot at being able to do that," he says.

Busch isn't the only Sprint Cup Series driver thinking that.

Tony Stewart said recently that he still has a dream of running and winning at Indy. Stewart ran in the IndyCar Series before coming into NASCAR.

He's also a former IndyCar Series champion but has never won at the Brickyard in an IndyCar.

Maybe one day NASCAR Champions Busch and Stewart will take their stock car rivalry to an open wheel car.

Let's just hope they remember they can't do any bumping. 

Quote Source: Speedtv.com