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Busch: Winning Cup title comes first

2/27/2009 - NASCAR Formula 1

LAS VEGAS -- Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch said the timing isn't right for him to race in Formula One for the new F1 team based in Charlotte.

Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor are partnering to form the team, which hopes to begin racing to start the 2010 season. Busch's name has been mentioned as a candidate to drive one of the cars for the new operation.

"I have not been talked to yet, but I do toss the idea around," Busch said. "It's something I'd love to give a shot one day. It's not something I would shoot down, but I don't think it's the right time in my career to do something like that."

Busch, who turns 24 on May 2, wants to win a Sprint Cup title before taking a shot at F1. He won eight Cup races last season and started the Chase in first-place before finishing 10th overall.

"I want to get it done here first," Busch said. "If I could win a championship in the next two or three years, I wouldn't mind going over there and running Formula One a couple of years, then come back. I'd only be 28 or so."

Busch was invited to do an F1 test for Toyota last year in Japan, but couldn't work out the logistics. Busch attended the Nationwide Series banquet in Orlando the weekend the test was scheduled.

The Las Vegas native has raced cars since he was 5 years old in go-karts, but he has no major open-wheel experience.

"It was never on my radar screen as a kid, but racers want to race different things," Busch said. "I also wouldn't mind trying Indy car and running in the Indy 500."

Several open-wheel drivers have moved to NASCAR in recent years, but few have enjoyed much success. Busch thinks it would be an easier transition to go from stock cars to open wheel.

"These cars have less downforce, less grip, more weight and less technological advances," Busch said. "To me, going to open wheel would be like getting in a Volkswagen Beetle versus a Ferrari. The Ferrari has everything you need to go fast. The Beetle is like a slug.

"So I think it's easier to go that way. And hopefully I'll get a chance to do it and see if I'm any good at it."

Other drivers mentioned as possible candidates for the Charlotte-based F1 team are IndyCar Series racers Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti, along with Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger.

Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com.