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Valentino Rossi drives Kyle Busch #54 NASCAR

Toni Avery
Apr 24, 2013

As one of the most colorful and successful characters in motosport, Italian Valentino Rossi is prepared to give anything a try.

With nine motorcycle world championships to his name, as well as some successful outings in rally cars and a F1 test with Ferrari, Rossi decided to try his hand at NASCAR this time.

Thanks to sponsor Monster Energy Drink, Rossi joined forces with Kyle Busch to drive the #54 Nationwide Toyota Camry.

Busch drove several demonstration laps to show Rossi how it should be done, before the Italian put on his helmet and climbed into the rollcage of the NASCAR.

Starting with a slow pace, Rossi quickly learned the ropes and set some impressive lap times in the re-badged #46 Camry.

Busch commented on the progress: "I thought he did pretty good. He started out a little slow, which is fine, but every lap he picked it up a lot. He got to where he was running some competitive lap times that would put him in the top-15 in Nationwide Series practice. That's pretty good for a guy on his first start, who's just coming over and getting used to things, and someone used to driving on two wheels."

We expected Rossi to be quick after his rally performances but next time we'd like to see how Kyle does on two wheels!

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