“I honestly think I wouldn’t be able to do it this year just with stamina, just with not giving my all for my Furniture Row team in Charlotte,” said Busch, who drives the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “I need to get more comfortable in the IndyCar because on a day like today, I’m white knuckle, my hands were tense and firm, and that was only after 10 laps.
“If I’m going to do something, I want to do it at the best level that I can, so I need more time.”
While contesting the 2013 Indianapolis 500 appears unlikely, Busch has a full year to prepare and put together a program for the 2014 race.
That gives him plenty of time to prepare psychically and pull together a sponsorship package that would allow him to potentially pull the Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 double.
The last driver to attempt the double was Robby Gordon in 2004. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar champion Tony Stewart and John Andretti have also attempted the double.
“If my name is mentioned with guys like Tony Stewart and John Andretti and Robby Gordon, it isn’t a big feather in the cap, but it’s something to try to go and achieve,” Busch said. “It’s something to try to just stretch yourself to the limits in the world of motorsport, and you have to do it with good teams. You just can’t expect to go out there and find success right away when your whole life has been spent in a stock car. You’ve got to give it time in an Indy car.”
This isn’t the first time Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, has dabbled in other forms of motorsport. In 2011 Busch became a licensed NHRA Pro Stock competitor, qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida. He was eliminated in the first round by Erica Enders-Stevens.