• Oct 24th 2009 at 12:33PM
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Kyle BuschF1 drivers have left the grid to go to NASCAR, so why not have a NASCAR driver make the leap to Formula 1? USF1's Peter Windsor reportedly has his eye on NASCAR bad boy Kyle Busch to pilot the team's single-seater in next year's championship. The 24-year-old Busch is said to have massive talent, and he's tallied a fair number of wins in his five years of racing in three NASCAR series.

We like the idea of an American pilot who isn't from IndyCar, especially considering the record of American drivers with that background, Mario Andretti excluded. It's still surprising, however, that Windsor, who well knows the crucible that is Formula 1, would want to put an F1 rookie in a brand new car for a brand new team. Pilots with years of F1-specific grooming and success in feeder series like GP2 have burst like melons on concrete when elevated to F1 (Piquet, Jr. and Grosjean, anyone?). If USF1 does make it to the grid (Ecclestone seems to think they won't), we hope they've got drivers who can help them show well.

[Source: Daily F1]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Attention: Peter Windsor if you happen to read this...

      Please tell me you are kidding! Anybody but Kyle Bush (okay not Marco or Danica either) I've followed NASCAR just enough to know that Kyle has a serious attitude problem. He comes off as a spoiled punk. Please don't make him the face of F1 in America. This sounds more like an attempt to garner attention for USF1 and get some good 'ol boys interested in the sport.

      You certainly know more than me, but it's hard to imagine someone with no open wheel racing experience can have success jumping straight to F1. I know Kyle has talent in the 3500 pound carburated pinball, but it sure seems like F1 is a different game.

      It is a shame that we don't have more open wheel talent in America, but do like baseball does and send some through the farm system (Formula Renault, GP2 or whatever)

      Anyway, how about Graham Rahal. I know he can drive a F1 car because I saw him drive the BMW a few years ago with my own eyes! He had a name and seems like a good guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please no, he's the one driver that would keep me from cheering for USF1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kyle has no place in F1. as much as i would hate to see Jimmie Johnson leave he would be my choice to represent nascar. If it was a perfect world i would like to see hendrick racing in F1 yes i did just say general motors in F1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, tony would be the smart choice... 10 years ago... he has to weigh nearly 250 lbs now... that just wont fly in F1

      I personally think they should try maybe carl edwards or brad keselowski... i think either of them would be great in a f1 car
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM in F1... I think I just pee'd myself... that's a joke, right?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well...I just hope he knows how to make right turns. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      To race in NASCAR you need:
      -driving skills (to do 2x500 left turns)
      To race in the Formula 1 you need:
      -more money
      -driving skills
      -a good team
      -a good car
      -extreme physical condition (the guys sitting in the formula cars are training since years)
      -good relationships

      Don't hate me, I like NASCAR, it's fun as they knock out each other, but it has nothing to do with F1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, 58 wins in 5 years (16 in the top series)... he's got the talent, but not the experience to avoid crashes and keep his cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He'll need to strengthen the muscles in the right side of his neck. It's gonna be a lot different than the two road courses a season that he's gotten used to... ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be a very bad move. Actual talent has very little to do with winning in modern F1 and like many before, he'd just end up bored and disillusioned. If you only care about lavish lifestyles, go to F1. If you're a driver steer clear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me the only one smelling green here? Peter Windsor is not only a very smart and seasoned guy, who happens to now F1 inside out way beyond all of us here combined. USF1 may be struggling for cash, as everybody else in this country lately, so the question here is: Would Kyle Busch bring some sponsorship with him? That would solve the mistery.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ding Ding! We have a winner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great! Get him a neck trainer for a couple months then see how he does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What on earth is this guy talking about??

      "Pilots with years of F1-specific grooming and success in feeder series like GP2 have burst like melons on concrete when elevated to F1 (Piquet, Jr. and Grosjean, anyone?)"

      Formula One's young guns mostly come from the A1GP/Gp2 feeders. Did he forget Hamilton, Massa and Vettel, probably the three brightest stars in F1 today? And to say that Grosjean has imploded after only a few F1 starts is ridiculous.

      The recod speaks for itself. F1 drivers who have failed in F1 have succeeded in Indy car racing. Indy car drivers have never even come close to performing at F1 level. I have yet to see a career NASCAR driver even get near F1.

      Peter Windsor might be eyeing KB for the seat, but if he cannot perform well enough in an F1 test drive, rest assured the seats will go to drivers like Jon Summerton, who at least has a clue about racing in the F1 environment
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you happen to see the "Speedvision" program where Montoya and Jeff Gordon traded cars for the day??? If I recall by the end of the day they they were both within about a second of each others best lap times...i think racing talent is racing talent, if a driver is good eneugh they will adapt. Jeff Gordon would have made a great F1 driver. Also, just as topic of conversation, I believe every year Europe hosts an IROC challenge, where the top drivers form around the world compete against each other in cars that are so radical that there is no chance for any driver to have experience behind the wheel in advance...A few years ago Jimmie Johnson got spanked...badly... in the first round by Michael Schumacher.
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