Kyle Busch Racing In 2020 Indy 500?

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Ed Carpenter Racing team owner Ed Carpenter has expressed he has interest in signing two-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch for the Indy 500. Busch has won pretty much everything that there is to win in NASCAR. The Indy 500 is one race that is on Busch’s bucket list. Is Kyle Busch racing in the Indy 500 legitimately possible to happen this year?

Ed Carpenter Racing is known for bringing there A-game to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 every May. The team has never fielded more than three cars for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the crown jewel race on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule. Ed Carpenter Racing already has three drivers lined up to race in the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge this May. 

NTT IndyCar Series rookie Rinus VeeKay is Ed Carpenter Racing’s only full-time driver and is set to drive the No. 21 Chevrolet. Team owner Ed Carpenter is set to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet only for the oval races. Carpenter has only raced a part-time schedule for the ovals since the 2014 NTT IndyCar Series season. Conor Daly is also set to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet, but only for the road/street course races. Daly is also set to run the third entry for Ed Carpenter Racing for this year’s Indy 500. 

But is the expansion for Ed Carpenter Racing to race four cars possible for the 2020 Indy 500? Carpenter has expressed an interest in adding two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch to his team’s lineup for the 2020 Indy 500. Busch has never competed in the Indy 500, or any IndyCar race, but he now has approval from Joe Gibbs and Toyota to race in it. However, Toyota will only allow Busch to drive a Chevrolet-powered car, limiting his options right out of the gate. 

Busch does run against Chevrolet drivers and teams in the NASCAR Cup Series on a full-time basis. The only two engine manufacturers in the NTT IndyCar Series are Chevrolet and Honda, and Toyota doesn’t want him to represent Honda being Toyota’s global rival. One team sticks out over all the rest that Busch could drive for and that’s Team Penske.

Team Penske seems like an ideal choice for Busch with all of the team’s success in the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, but that won’t happen. Team president Tim Cindric has completely ruled out on adding a fifth car to their Indy 500 lineup for Busch. The second best option for Busch to drive for is Ed Carpenter Racing.

Kyle Busch’s brother Kurt Busch drove for Andretti Autosport at the Indy 500 and finished sixth place on his debut before flying over to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 in his role as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver for Stewart-Haas Racing later that night.

I think Kyle Busch will race in this year’s Indy 500 because of how late it is to try and get a ride. Even though the race isn’t for another three to four months, I don’t think that’s enough time for Busch to get a contract for the race. I personally don’t like the guy because of how he acts, but he is definitely one great driver. I think he has a high possibility of racing in the Indy 500 this year, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think Busch will more than likely race in the Indy 500 next year because he would have enough time to find a ride and get sponsors. Watch the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday May 24th on NBC at 12:30 P.M. EST to see the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”!

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