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Kurt Busch has plan for Indy 500 victory

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Although Kurt Busch faces innumerable obstacles in his plan to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in May, he’s already thought about one possible scenario.

What if he actually wins the Indy 500?

Busch plans to hop onto a plane immediately after the race in Indianapolis for the short flight to his day job in Charlotte. Trouble is, the Indy 500 winner typically celebrates well into the night.

“To respect the Indy 500 and have that moment to win it, you can’t let it pass by,” Busch said. He also realizes the prime importance of “those duties that I have with (Stewart-Haas Racing owners) Gene Haas and Tony Stewart with this 41 car.”

Busch has no illusions about starting his first IndyCar race and dominating. He candidly acknowledges having “zero experience in an Indy car.”

But he has thought about how Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti would help him get out of Indianapolis in time to get to Charlotte.

“Let’s say it does happen,” Busch said. “There will be the quick celebration in Victory Lane. The chug of milk, of course. And that big wreath, I can’t wait to hand that to Michael Andretti so he can wear it, and he can handle all the media while I’ve got to run down to Charlotte.”

And if he pulls off that improbable victory that Sunday in Indiana, he wouldn’t be in North Carolina for long.

“There’s that banquet on Monday to come back to and celebrate in Indianapolis afterward,” he said, with a grin.