Kurt Busch to attend F1 race with Gene Haas' new team
Fresh off Monday’s victory at Pocono Raceway, it’s safe to say Kurt Busch is a wheelman’s wheelman.
Busch has a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship to his credit and won rookie of the year honors in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, where he finished sixth in his first open-wheel race ever. He also has competed in the NHRA Pro Stock class and successfully tested an Australian V8 Supercar at the Circuit of the Americas.
So what does a wheelman with a resume that diverse do on his off-weekend?
Head to Europe for a Formula One race with his boss, what else?
The Sprint Cup Series is idle next week, but Busch won’t be. He is heading to Baku, Azerbaijan, to watch the Haas F1 team compete in the Grand Prix of Europe.
And Friday at Michigan International Speedway, Busch seemed pretty geeked about his upcoming excellent adventure.
“I can’t wait to hang out with (Romain) Grosjean and (Esteban) Gutierrez and have the opportunity to sit next to a Formula One driver and see his tools that he uses whether it’s simulation,” said Busch.
“Whether it’s mapping. I’m hoping that I can discover things that I’ll be able to ask Gene (Haas, team owner), ‘Hey, Gene, why don’t we have that? Let’s bring that back over to the North Carolina side and use it for the Sprint Cup teams,’” said Busch. “… I hope that there is something that I can bring back and cross-pollenate with our Sprint Cup team from the F1.”
Busch also has stated that he’d like to test a Formula One car.
“I’m sure I’d fit right in the seat and I’d figure out where the start button is,” said Busch. “I just don’t know if they’ll let me go out there on my own, but with Gene, you never know. And I would love the opportunity to have a test session or a fun day with a Formula One car. Those cars and the engineering and the amount of technology is something so exciting, as a driver, you want to get your hands on it.”