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SPEEDWAY – Could someone be thinking about trying to pull off “The Double” in the near future?
We’ll NASCAR veteran Kurt Busch is at least a bit interested in how the other half of the Memorial Day racing spectacle goes.
On Thursday the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the 2004 Sprint Cup Series Champion will test out a car from the Izod IndyCar Series on Thursday, May 9th on the two-and-a-half mile oval.
Busch will use one of the Andretti Autosport machines for the test and will receive coaching from team owner and former driver Michael Andretti.
“I have always enjoyed racing at Indianapolis, and when IMS and Michael presented me with the opportunity to test an Indy car prior to opening day of practice of the Indianapolis 500, I jumped at it,” said Busch in a statement released by the speedway. “The Indianapolis 500 is an iconic event and having an opportunity to go through the testing process with Michael and Andretti Autosport, the defending series champions and two-time winners of the race, is pretty cool.”
It also gives Busch a feel for the car in case he decides to try “The Double”-race in IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte on the same day. Only three drivers-John Andretti, Robbie Gordon and Tony Stewart-have attempted the racing feat.
Gordon was the last to try “The Double” in 2004 while Stewart remains the only driver to finish all 1,100 miles of the endurance challenge, which he did in 2001.
The moving of the start time of the race back to 12 PM allows an opportunity for a driver to do so again, but Busch isn’t ready to take the plunge just yet.
“I am looking forward to this test and experiencing IMS at the speeds the Indy cars run,” said Busch in a statement released by the speedway.. “Let’s see how the test goes, and then I can look at the opportunities that could be beyond this coming Thursday. Running the Indianapolis 500 would certainly be a highlight, and doing another 600 miles in a Cup car on the same day would make for a special weekend.”