Kurt Busch has been a major force in America’s most popular racing series ever since he became NASCAR champion in 2004.
Known that year as the Nextel Cup, it was the first time the 10-race season-ending Chase for the title was introduced into NASCAR – and Busch took full advantage, storming to victory by eight points from fellow countryman Jimmie Johnson.
Part of a racing dynasty that includes father Tom and younger brother Kyle, the American driver had first set foot in a go-kart at the age of seven. Busch has since gone on to become one of few drivers to win races in all three of NASCAR’s main divisions: the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. He has now amassed 27 wins in the top flight Sprint Cup alone.
In 2014 Busch also became only the fourth driver in motor sport history to attempt a very special double-header. On the same day in May, he raced both in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway and the world-famous Indianapolis 500. His run to sixth place on his debut at the IndyCar classic earned him the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.
Busch first appeared at Race Of Champions in Barbados in 2014 where he and Ryan Hunter-Reay represented Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup. ROC Miami saw Busch partner younger brother and fellow NASCAR title winner Kyle at Team USA NASCAR in the ROC Nations Cup, in which they finished second behind Team Germany's Sebastian Vettel, as well as chasing individual glory in the Race Of Champions.
2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
28 top-flight NASCAR Sprint Cup wins (as of November 2016)
2014 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year
Years contested: 2014, 2017 (2)
2017: 2nd, ROC Nations Cup for Team USA NASCAR with Kyle Busch
2014: QF, Race Of Champions