Kurt Busch crashes hard at Indianapolis

Posted: May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Kurt Busch hit hard into the turn two wall at Indianapolis earlier this afternoon …

He climbed out of the car OK, was checked out at the IMS Infield Medical Center & released to drive …

The Andretti Autosport No. 26 Sureton Honda was  heavily damaged, and may not make it back on-track till Carb Day …

In a quick interview, Busch stated: “I was starting to feel comfortable. That’s when I made the mistake of just letting my guard down or settling into that long run type mentality whereas with an Indy car you have to be on edge. You have to keep track of where you are at all times and the adjustments in the car. Maybe I just didn’t keep up with keeping the car underneath me. Trying to get into that rhythm and feel other things around you and I got behind on my adjustments in the car.”

(On what it feels like to crash before Indianapolis 500 race day) Busch noted: “It’s nice to have it an opportune time. We still have carb day to shake things down and get back in the groove. This created a lot of work for the Andretti guys. I feel bad for that. As a rookie, there’s things you learn and put it up on the edge and get away with and then there’s times when it will bite you. It’s just tough. I thought I was finding a rhythm and settling into that long run type pace and learning the tows and the draft and I didn’t keep track of the adjustments of the car.  100 percent just working in traffic. Just trying to settle in and not make mistakes and I just made a mistake.”

Rules of use of a Back-up Car on Race day … according to Rule of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook: If a Qualified Car is involved in a crash, the Entrant may replace the Qualified Car with another Car and start the Race in the Qualified Car’s position. If a Qualified Car is unable to start the Race for any other reason, INDYCAR shall determine if the Entrant is permitted to replace the Qualified Car with another Car and start the Race in the Qualified Car’s position or if the Entrant is required to start the Race from the rear of the starting field.

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