Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus, has had a busy week on and off the track as he prepares for Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at his hometown track. Busch recapped his travels, which included a ride-and-drive...
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus, has had a busy week on and off the track as he prepares for Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at his hometown track. Busch recapped his travels, which included a ride-and-drive program at Homestead-Miami Speedway with PGA golfers competing in this weekend's Ford Championship at Doral.
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus
"It's been busy to say the least. We did Totally NASCAR on Monday, but at 5 o'clock on Tuesday morning we were up and on a plane to Orlando for a breakfast with Visa. I did a meet and greet there before heading to Miami for a Ford ride and drive day with some of the PGA players. That was a blast. What made it so much fun was the variety of cars to drive. Dan Davis set us up with the Ford GT, a Mustang Cobra, the FR-100 pick-up and FR-200 Focus, so we were able to give those things a workout. The Jarrett Driving Adventure was there as well and it was neat to watch the PGA players go out there trying to spite one another to see who could run the quickest lap time. The weather was perfect and the way it ended up was pretty funny. I was running around in the FR-100 and Matt (Kenseth) was in the GT and we were both running hard through the corners, but I finally got him to spin out. He had an in-car camera with him and when he stopped spinning I was looking straight at him. That was fun and then we were able to give the PGA players some rides at the end of the day and scare the wits out of them, so it was a really fun-filled day for all of us."
WERE YOU ABLE TO COMPARE NOTES ABOUT YOUR SCHEDULES WITH THE GOLFERS BECAUSE THEY WOULD SEEM TO BE SIMILAR? "We did talk about that, especially with somebody like Phil Mickelson, who has a lot of endorsement deals and then plays Thursday through Sunday. They compete just about as much as we do, so Tuesday was kind of unique because we had competitors from two major sports -- with the longest seasons in professional sports -- and we were goofing around on a race track with some really neat cars. It just goes to show that we can have some fun during the week and then go back to work on the weekends."
FROM THERE YOU DID SOME OTHER MEDIA STUFF, RIGHT? "Yeah, I didn't even get to shower after the Ford deal because we had to get to L.A. for some media functions on Wednesday. We did a lot of radio stations and TV shows, and then got on the Best Damn Sports Show that afternoon with Fox. I followed Don King and Dean Smith on the show, so that was something to remember. He came out and drew a track and was diagramming some plays like he would for basketball that he wanted me to learn, so that was cool. Then we went to the big IMAX premier and we did the full red carpet deal. We were all dressed up Hollywood-style and had a great time."
AND TO TOP IT OFF YOU DID SOME STUFF HERE IN LAS VEGAS ON THURSDAY. "Yeah, we got up early on Thursday and came to Vegas where we did a satellite media tour. We also continued a program I did for the first time at the Super Bowl a few weeks ago with the NFL and the Tagliabue family. It's called Rebuilding Together and we go and work on some lower income homes to help renovate them and give people warm, safe places to live. So we started working on a house here in town yesterday and that was a big event, but to finish it all off we did a press conference here at the speedway with my brother, Kyle, and Brendan Gaughan."
ARE YOU ENJOYING THESE SOCIAL TYPE FUNCTIONS OR THINGS AWAY FROM THE TRACK? "It fills up the week nicely with things to do outside of the race track. What I mean by that is it's good business and I enjoy engaging in that. In this day and age of NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, a driver has to have the versatility to do things on and off the race track."