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Kurt Busch discusses Indy practice accident

May 20, 2014, Staff report,

The 2004 NASCAR champion to drive backup car to start Sunday double

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After qualifying 12th for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday with a four-lap average of 230.782 mph, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch crashed into Turn 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday.

He was evaluated and released from the infield care center and will drive a backup car as he begins his quest to run 1,100 miles next Sunday, completing the double with NASCAR's most grueling race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Sunday, 6 p.m. ET, FOX).

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"I started to settle in and get comfortable, and it felt like maybe I let my guard down," Busch said. "I didn't keep track of the adjustments in the car. Just trying to find that rhythm and pace myself as I would on Sunday. And I just got behind with the adjustments on the car.

"If you're going to have it, it needs to be early in the week. That way there's time to work on the car. Get back on your horse and go out there again."

On Tuesday, Busch was a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" as the Indy-Charlotte double helps the Armed Forces Foundation's efforts to raise awareness around post-traumatic stress disorder. While on the program, he discussed Monday's accident.

"That shows my inexperience with the IndyCar, for sure," Busch said. "I mean I qualified it at 230 miles an hour on Sunday, and then we had a practice yesterday and the car just slid away from me and I wrecked it. I survived the wreck. I mean that's part of racing. You don't think about the side effects of when you can or will wreck."

Busch talked about his strategy for completing the first half of the double before heading to Charlotte to compete in one of the crown jewels of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Coca-Cola 600.

"For me, it's a matter of just pacing myself for that 500 miles, and what I did wrong yesterday is I tried to get into a groove, just settle in and just absorb the car and not overexert myself," Busch said.

"Well, an IndyCar will bite you if you don't give it your full attention so I didn't respect that IndyCar and the challenge that it presents every lap so the mental side of the IndyCar is more important than the physical side."

Last week, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Parker Kligerman would fill in for Busch if he misses any time in the No. 41 Haas Automation Made in America Chevrolet. On Thursday, Busch will be on's Press Pass before taking part in Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.


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