NASCAR Sprint Series driver Kurt Busch entered Sunday looking to achieve an incredible feat, racing in the Indianapolis 500 and then flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to race in the Coca-Cola 600. That is 1,100 miles of racing in one day, quite the test of endurance.
“This is a true test of what your commitment level is on being a racer,” Busch said before the race, via ESPN. “There are so many practices back and forth, the travel, the logistics. The fun meter is pegged right now. I’m having a blast doing it. You just have to know it comes with a lot of hard work.”
Busch had a solid run in his first Indianapolis 500 finishing in sixth place.
Only three drivers have attempted the feat, most recently Robbie Gordon in 2004. Tony Stewart is the only driver to have successfully completed the two races. Stewart had top ten finishes in both nonetheless, finishing in sixth in the Indy 500 and third at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A late red flag in the Indy 500 made the gap between the races a little narrower, but it looks like Busch will have enough time to get to the Coca-Cola 600.
Busch is off to a good start in following Stewart’s foot steps, finishing in the same spot. Busch received the support of some of his fellow NASCAR drivers before the race as well.
“He’s representing the entire sport,” NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “Whether he knows it or not, he’s got a lot of people, drivers, crew and just about everyone on the infield pulling for him to do well because he is representing all of us.”