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Could Kyle Busch run Indy 500? Ed Carpenter interested in NASCAR champ

NTT IndyCar Series team owner/driver Ed Carpenter says he’d welcome a chance to run Kyle Busch at the Indianapolis 500. With the two-time, defending NASCAR Cup Series champion having expressed an interest in racing at the Indy 500, Carpenter’s Chevy-powered team would be a perfect fit.

With a tradition of entering a third car for Indy, and its front-running reputation at the Speedway, ECR could play host to the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver in the future. Busch’s brother Kurt took part in the 2014 Indy 500, starting 12th and finishing sixth on his way to Rookie of the Year honors.

“It’s something that I would be interested in,” said Carpenter, the three-time Indy 500 polesitter. “Kyle and I have talked over the past couple of years. I think it would be a great thing for him to come do it. His brother did an outstanding job and showed that those guys given the right situation, the right cars, teammates, etc., that they can adapt very quickly.

“I’ve no doubt that Kyle could come and do a great job. So I have no problems seeing him come. I would be happy to have him as part of our team in the right time and place. I would say it’s highly unlikely that that would happen for us in 2020, just because of where we are with our program.”

Kyle Busch wife Samantha and son Brexton celebrate at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the 2016 Brickyard 400 win. Busch has won two NASCAR Cup races at Indianapolis.

ECR has two full-time entries for the 2020 season, with Carpenter in the No. 20 Chevy on ovals and Conor Daly in the seat for road and street courses, and promising rookie Rinus VeeKay in for the entire calendar with the No. 21 car. Daly, who tends to impress at the 500, was announced as its third driver for Indy — pushing a possible alliance between ECR and Busch to 2021, at the earliest.

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