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April 28, 2014 | By Verizon IndyCar Series
Andretti Autosport unveiled car in which Kurt Busch will participate in his first Indianapolis 500 qualifications. Busch will drive the No. 26 Suretone car as he attempts to become the fourth driver to contest the "Double" -- competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a stock car race later on May 25.
"It's an exciting day," Busch said. "Reality is setting in that this is real and it's go time. For me, it's a dream come true, but the kid in a candy store moment is all behind me. Now it's the focus of practice time and settling in with Andretti Autosport. Just to have Andretti Autosport and to have (team owner) Michael (Andretti) himself involved, this is the right way to do things. Their team experience will help lead my inexperience."
Busch is scheduled to join 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve on the 2.5-mile oval April 29 for testing.
Suretone Entertainment was founded in 2006 by Jordan Schur as Suretone Records after his successful tenure of almost a decade as president of Geffen Records. Suretone Entertainment has expanded into a broader company in the interim, including film development, financing and production, as well as music artist management.
"We are honored to have Suretone Entertainment stand with Andretti Autosport and Kurt Busch in this historic event as Kurt enters his first Indianapolis 500 qualifying run, as well as attempts to become only the fourth driver in motorsport history to contest the 'Double'," said Shur, Suretone Entertainment chairman. "As Kurt moves towards his goal to drive in the Indy 500 and NASCAR's 600-mile race on the same day, Suretone takes great pride to partner with Andretti Autosport as we support Kurt in his incredible endeavor."
Busch, 35, took a trial run in an Andretti Autosport Verizon IndyCar Series car last year on the IMS oval. He'll start the two-week Indy 500 stretch on May 11, fresh from the NASCAR race in Kansas. After spending the week testing the Honda-powered Indy car, Busch will log significant air miles traveling between Indianapolis and Charlotte, N.C., so he can qualify for the 500-mile race and practice and qualify for the NASCAR All-Star race and that series' 600-mile race.