Chip Ganassi: Kurt Busch Indy 500 return is 'on the table'
The possibility of 2004 NASCAR Cup champion Kurt Busch returning to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2014 is “on the table” according to his new team owner, Chip Ganassi.
Busch was named driver of Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on Tuesday. During a national teleconference, Ganassi was asked if Busch was under consideration to drive for the team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA Sports Car Race or the 103rdIndianapolis 500?
Ganassi gave a very encouraging answer.
"I think and in my conversations with Kurt, all that stuff is available," Ganassi said. "All our cars are available to all of our drivers. I think it’s just a matter of if the opportunity presents itself and there is obviously a lot more than just me saying ‘hey let’s do it’ and him saying ‘yeah let’s do it’.
"I am game. For the two of us to decide is somewhat on a bit of an island when it comes to those types of things. The important point is those things are available for conversations and that is one of the things I think we … and again it’s not often you have a guy that has the experience to do that like an Indy in an IndyCar. It’s certainly on the table if need be."
In 2014, Busch competed in the 98th Indianapolis 500, finishing sixth and was named Indy 500 rookie of the year. He became the first true NASCAR driver to earn that honor since Donnie Allison in the 1970 Indianapolis 500.
Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart was the 1996 Indy 500 rookie of the year but did not become a full-time NASCAR Cup driver until the 1999 season.