NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is attempting to pull of the Memorial Day double, racing in the Indianapolis 500 mid-day and then flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to race in the Coca-Cola 600. That is 1,100 miles of racing in one day and an incredible test of endurance.
“This is a true test of what your commitment level is on being a racer,” Busch said, 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.”
It is also his first IndyCar race. Busch is getting the support from his fellow NASCAR drivers 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.”
What Busch is attempting has only been attempted by three other drivers, and only Tony Stewart competed both races. In 2001, Stewart finished sixth in the Indy 500 and third at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
If there are multiple wrecks in the Indy 500 it could derail the plans by extending the race. Also, if Busch were to win it could prevent him from making the Coca-Cola 500 on time and Tony Stewart says he’d be excused.
“If he wins,” Stewart said, “I don’t care if he gets to the 600 on time or not.”