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Kurt Busch to retain 12th place starting position at Indy 500 despite crash

Kurt Busch seen just before perilous practice at Indianapolis Monday May 19.
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Although he crashed and burned during practice at the Brickyard the other day, Kurt Busch will still have the chance to race in a daily double come Sunday as he looks for a chance to win both the Indy 500 and NASCAR Coca Cola 600 at two different tracks in two different states.

Busch lost the back end of his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda in Turn 2 at Indianapolis Speedway, and ended up crashing hard into the outside wall. The car then caught fire as he spun to the inside, finally coming to rest on the backstretch. Luckily, he was able to climb out of the car uninjured, and will be able to compete in the Indy 500 using Marco Andretti’s back-up car, In addition, he will be able to keep his 12th place starting position under Indy Rule # 8.4.3.9 as confirmed in a tweet by Mike Kitchel, director of communication for IndyCar.

“I was just out there in race trim finding different tows and drafting with guys – just started to settle in and get comfortable, when it felt like, maybe I let my guard down and didn’t keep track of the adjustments in the car, Busche announced over the Speedway PA system. “I was just trying to find that rhythm and pace myself as I would on Sunday, and I just got behind on the adjustments in the car.”

At the time of the crash Busch had been 13th-fastest in the day’s practice with a lap at 225.623mph, slightly off the 223.433 mph during his previous circuit around the track.