INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2014) – He’s going for “the double.”
On May 25, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will attempt to race both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. The attempt will take him from Indianapolis to Concord, N.C. on the same day.
Busch said the “double” didn’t really seem possible, but he had a talk with his agent that sparked his imagination. Busch tested an IndyCar at the track last May for Andretti Motorsport, and raced in the Brickyard 400 a few months later.
He described being behind the wheel of an IndyCar going 220 mph as a “kid in a candy store moment.”
Qualifications for the 500 are May 17 and 18 with the final practice on May 23 (Carb Day). Busch said he’s working out a plan to test for IndyCar while simultaneously racing for NASCAR. Busch also plans to call in a favor from former Indy 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr.
“It’s about absorbing as much as I can and chewing on it the right way,” Busch said. “Sam Hornish Jr., who was a teammate of mine at Penske Racing, I mentored him as much as I could on the stock car side. Don’t think I’m not going to call him and try to get that favor back.”
Busch admits he’ll “be a rookie” for the 500, but says he has plenty of oval experience to draw from. He’ll also consult other drivers who’ve tried “the double.”
Robby Gordon was the last driver to attempt the double in 2004. Gordon raced in both events in 2002 and 2003, but the 2004 attempt was spoiled by rain. Jaques Lazier finished the race for him. John Andretti (1994) and Tony Stewart (1999 and 2001) also raced in both events. Stewart is the only driver to complete both races, finishing sixth at Indianapolis at third at Charlotte Motor Speedway.