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Kurt Busch will attempt to do what no race car driver has done in more than a decade! This May NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch will endeavor to become only the fourth driver in history to contest “The Double”, competing in IndyCar’s historic Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 in the same day.
Busch will make his first career Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt behind the wheel of an Andretti Autosport Indy car. His entry will complete a stable of five for Michael Andretti’s championship winning IndyCar team. It is not the first pairing of Busch and Andretti Autosport, however, as in 2013 Busch completed a test day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the team and in the process passed the mandated Rookie Orientation program effectively setting the possibility of the “Double” into motion.
What lies in front of Kurt “The Outlaw” Busch is a grueling challenge, not only on the race day itself – scheduled for Sunday, May 25th when Busch will race 1,100 miles in two races, in two cities, in two totally different cars, but in practicing and qualifying his Andretti Autosport Indy car in addition to competing in three NASCAR race weekends around Indianapolis 500 activities. The month of May will be a precise exercise in scheduling and a very complicated effort flying between all those venues.
The 35-year old American will start the two week Indy 500 stretch in Indianapolis May 11th, fresh from the NASCAR race in Kansas. After spending the week testing the Honda-powered Indy car, Busch will log some serious air miles traveling between Indianapolis and Charlotte so he can qualify for the 500-mile race and practice and qualify for the NASCAR All-Star race and that Series’ 600-mile race. In total Busch will likely make more than ten trips between the cities – the most important and time sensitive being race day. Race day will place Busch in Indianapolis in the morning for the 12:00pm/et start time of the Indianapolis 500 before he makes the trip to Charlotte for the 6:00pm/et green flag.
While “The “Double” will be a new experience for Busch, it will actually be Andretti Autosport’s second time participating in the feat. Robby Gordon (who along with John Andretti and Tony Stewart are the three previous drivers to contest the “Double”) competed in both races in 2003, filling in at Indianapolis for an injured Dario Franchitti who at the time drove for Andretti Autosport. Busch, an advocate for and representative of The Armed Forces Foundation, will be dedicating his Memorial Day mission to those who continue to inspire him each day – the men and women serving around the world in the United States Military. Fans will have the opportunity to follow Busch through his action-packed month of May onAndrettiTV.com, with details coming soon. (Andretti Autosport)
Watching Kurt attempt “The Double” this May will be very interesting. At 35 years of age, this may be extremely physically and mentally demanding for this “middle aged” race car driver!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!