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May 10, 2013

NASCAR champ Busch completes Indianapolis 500 rookie test

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INDIANAPOLIS —

"Today was an ideal day," Busch said. "I couldn't have asked for anything better as a rookie to come to Indy and have the track prepped the way it was and have the perfect weather conditions."

Busch entered into the test knowing that driving into Turn 1 at IMS in an open-wheel Indy car would provide different challenges from what he's experienced  in a Sprint Cup stock car while driving in the Crown Royal presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

"Today, that was the biggest transition," Busch said. "When you want to step into the real world, that's to hold it wide open, and when you do that, your brain says, 'Wait a minute, you're not supposed to do that because in the stock car how heavy it is and the lack of downforce.' So when I did hold it wide open, I was off on my line, actually apexed too early, had a little extra wheel input on exit, and it changed the game. But then once I left it on the floor, the car started to come back to me and the pace started to slow down in my mind, even though the pace kept getting quicker with lap time."

Andretti was thrilled with Busch's performance.

"Well, I think it was good for us," Andretti said. "We got our first laps in May, so that's always nice. We wanted to do it in the proper way, and we wanted to do it in the proper way mostly for Kurt. We wanted him to have a real experience. We wanted to make some changes that he could feel and start to understand a little bit more about what to expect with the car in different conditions and different setups. I think we were able to achieve that.

"I would say the day went as good as we could have expected. Kurt did exactly what I thought he was going to do. He just drove exactly the way we wanted him to do it. He gave great feedback, right on pace, built up to it nice and steady, didn't do anything stupid, which we knew he wouldn't, and it was a really good day."

 

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