Kurt Busch will attempt NASCAR-Indy double Memorial Day

Kurt Busch (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch (Getty Images)

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch will become the first driver since 2003 to attempt a double duty day racing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th.

The “double duty” requires a diver to start the day racing in the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana in an open wheel IndySeries then fly to Charlotte North Carolina to finish the day racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Three drivers have attempted the feat; John Andretti, Tony Stewart (who is now Kurt Busch’s NASCAR team owner) and Robby Gordon. Andretti was the first driver to attempt the double in 1994; Stewart twice in 1999 and 2001 and Gordon made four attempts the last in 2004. Stewart is the only driver to date to complete all the laps in both races a total of 1100 miles.

“This is really to challenge myself in motor sports,” said Busch. “It’s always been a dream of mine.” MORE>>>

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