“We fit in the same seat, and (Busch) knew me from my time at Penske, he knew my driver feedback and our driving styles are similar,” Kligerman said. “This is one of those opportunities where you can’t say anything other than ‘Yes.’ “
While the fit is comfortable for now, Stewart-Haas Racing has work to do to prepare for the 600. Busch has longer legs than Kligerman and needs a different pedal location. Assuming the team prepares the car for Busch, it would be uncomfortable for Kligerman to use those settings for an extended period in the case Busch doesn’t make it to Charlotte for the start.
Still, Kligerman wanted the experience. But, he said he won’t jump at every opportunity that comes his way.
After a rocky few months with Swan, where he was plagued by bad luck while driving for a fledgling race team, Kligerman said he’ll bide his time for the right opportunities. His best finish with Swan was 29th in the season-opening Daytona 500, and he had four DNF’s in his eight races.
“It’s been kind of refreshing, to be honest. When you are at the back end of the Cup Series and fighting and in machines that are struggling, it can wear at you,” Kligerman said. “It’s a little bit refreshing to take a step back, count where you are at and look at the opportunities out there and say ‘I’m not going to do opportunities like that anymore, I’m going to look at opportunities that can forward my career and put me in a better position to win races.”