Kyle Busch's new team has path to Indy 500: 'Any IndyCar teams that are Chevy, call me'

Scott Horner
Indianapolis Star

Kyle Busch has wanted to drive in the Indianapolis 500 for quite some time. Now he has a NASCAR boss who is amenable to making it happen.

Busch on Tuesday confirmed his move to Richard Childress Racing starting in 2023, where he will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet. He started with Hendrick Motorsports and has driven for Joe Gibbs Racing since 2008. Busch owns 60 race victories and two Cup championships.

The Gibbs team uses Toyota engines, which are not part of the IndyCar program. Since Childress races with Chevys ‒ as does IndyCar ‒ there's a path for Busch to compete in racing's biggest event.

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"I made sure that was in the deal," Busch said. "By all means, any IndyCar teams that are Chevrolet, call me up."

Those include Team Penske, Arrow McLaren SP, Ed Carpenter Racing, A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Juncos Hollinger Racing.

Busch, 37, won NASCAR's Brickyard 400 in 2015 and '16, and he started that race from the pole three times (2016-18). He finished 11th in this year's Cup race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Kurt Busch, Kyle's brother, drove in the 2014 Indy 500, finishing 6th and earning Rookie of the Year honors. He is the last to drive at Indy and in a NASCAR Cup race on the same day.