NASCAR Superstar Kyle Busch Gives an Update on When He Expects to Compete in Indy 500

Published 02/06/2021, 12:00 PM EST
MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


In motor racing, competing in the Indianapolis 500 is a huge honor. For American race car drivers, it is all the more important and a matter of great pride. Admittedly, Kyle Busch has also set his sights on the iconic race. However, the problem is that he is not an IndyCar driver.

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Of course, there is always a chance of him making one-off appearances at the race in Indianapolis. Speaking about the prospect of him racing in the Indy 500, he had plenty to say. Kyle Busch said, “That’s further down the road. It’s on the back burner. Haven’t had any discussions with anybody and don’t foresee that being possible. To me, it wouldn’t make sense either until everything falls back to normal.”

According to him, everyone knows how big the event truly is. He even enjoyed watching his brother, Kurt Busch, race in the Indy 500. Busch acknowledged that his brother and F1 driver Fernando Alonso, also enjoyed some amount of success. For now, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver wants to wait until things get back to normal.

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Kyle Busch will shift focus to the 2021 Cup season

In just over a week’s time, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season will finally begin. As he heads into the Daytona 500, Busch will be focused on winning the race for the very first time. Suffice to say, the Daytona 500 is practically the NASCAR counterpart of the Indy 500.

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 10: Kyle Busch(R), driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, stands in the garage area with his crew chief, Adam Stevens, during testing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway on October 10, 2017 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Last year, Kyle Busch endured a nightmarish season, not winning a race until very late in the year. Considering that he was the 2019 Cup Series champion, his title defence was woefully pathetic. This time around, he will be eager for redemption and eager to rebuild his reputation.

Without a doubt, Kyle Busch is an excellent driver and he will be keen to get back to winning ways. At 36-years-old, he is also approaching the twilight of his career. Once he finally decides to retire from NASCAR, he could have the freedom to try and compete in the Indy 500.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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