Report: McLaren considering Kyle Busch for Indy 500 ride

Report: McLaren considering Kyle Busch for Indy 500 ride

Kyle Busch has long expressed his desire to compete in the famed Indianapolis 500. The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion may soon get his wish.

Zak Brown, chief executive officer of McLaren Racing, indicated the three-car IndyCar team is eyeing a fourth entry for the 500-miler that could put Busch behind the wheel of its Chevrolet-powered vehicles, according to the Associated Press.

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Busch announced on Sept. 13 his plans to leave Joe Gibbs Racing and join Richard Childress Racing starting with the 2023 season, ending a 15-year tenure with Toyota and returning to Chevy, with which he started his Cup career. Upon signing with RCR, Busch received clearance from his new team — as well as wife, Samantha — to partake in the 500-mile, open-wheel race.

If Arrow McLaren SP — McLaren’s IndyCar outfit — is able to construct a deal with Busch, the entry would likely be sponsored by Menards, according to the AP. Busch, like team founder Sam Schmidt, is a Las Vegas native.