Busch Will Not Attempt 2016 Indy 500
March 23, 2016 | 4:27 P.M. EST
"I must say this was not an easy decision and it does not in any way reflect upon my desire to compete again in one of the world’s greatest races."
"I wanted to state that I will not be participating in this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500," Busch wrote in a statement on his personal website, KurtBusch.com. "I must say this was not an easy decision and it does not in any way reflect upon my desire to compete again in one of the world’s greatest races; it is based solely on a need to maintain the focus and momentum we have built early in this NASCAR season with our No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing, Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevy team – hopefully all the way to Homestead and the championship weekend."
Busch drove for Andretti Autosport in the 2014 Indy 500 and finished sixth.
"My experience with Andretti Autosport and its drivers was so very positive and the way in which the IndyCar fans and media welcomed me, it is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career both personally and professionally. Fortunately, Michael and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have left the door open for a future run, and perhaps one day I will take them up on that, it just won’t be this year."