Kyle Busch set for IndyCar iRacing debut

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After trying to secure an Indianapolis 500 ride a few years ago, Kyle Busch will be making his IndyCar debut Saturday — virtually.

The two-time NASCAR Cup champion announced Wednesday afternoon via Twitter that he will be driving in Round 4 of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

The event will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the virtual Twin Ring Motegi.

After trying to secure an Indianapolis 500 ride a few years ago, Kyle Busch will be making his IndyCar debut Saturday — virtually.

The two-time NASCAR Cup champion announced Wednesday afternoon via Twitter that he will be driving in Round 4 of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

The event will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the virtual Twin Ring Motegi.

Busch is the latest big NASCAR name to join the IndyCar virtual series on the heels of Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing third in his debut last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson, who also has flirted with racing IndyCar in the future, drove in the first two rounds of the circuit at Watkins Glen International and Barber Motorsports Park.

Busch’s older brother, Kurt, was the most recent driver to complete the Indy 500-Coca-Cola 600 doubleheader six years ago, finishing sixth in the Indy 500 as the 2014 rookie of the year.

Kyle Busch was close to having a ride for the Indy 500 a few years ago, but the deal was scuttled by manufacturer and sponsor conflicts (Busch drives a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Chevrolet and Honda are IndyCar’s engine suppliers).