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Kurt Busch runs laps at Indy

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NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch tested Tuesday in an IndyCar in preparation to make a qualifying attempt for the Indianapolis 500 next month.

 

Busch is hoping to drive in the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., on May 25. Only three other drivers -- John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart -- have done it.

 

Busch and former Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve passed through the rookie orientation program at the historic 2.5-mile oval. Villeneuve last ran at Indy when he won the race in 1995.

 

Busch has previously driven in Sprint Cup races at the historic oval and so the track was not unfamiliar to him. He ran a lap at 220.844 mph before rain ended the practice session.

 

"This attempt is something serious," Busch said. "It's an amazing challenge.

 

"Overall, it was a good day just to settle in with the team and advance further than rookie orientation. It felt good to give feedback to the team from the car and have them explain things to me how we're going to move forward. They continued to change downforce combinations on the car and it was just neat to feel all that and check it off the list.

 

"The last run we made was just about where they would unload for race trim."

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