Kurt Busch to race the double in May
The Indy 500 got a lot of publicity Tuesday thanks to an announcement from one of NASCAR's biggest stars.
Kurt Busch will attempt the double this May - a feat which hasn't been accomplished in 10 years.
The one-time NASCAR champion said he would drive for Andretti Autosport in the 500 then fly nearly 600 miles to hop into a stock car at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. The 500 will be Busch's first IndyCar race, though he tested an IndyCar at the Speedway last April.
Busch said that as a NASCAR driver, he never imagined he'd have an opportunity to race the double.
"My dad always said when we went to SEMA Show and cool car shows and we'd see IndyCars, 'This is probably the closest you're ever going to get to one of these things,' just because it was so far out of what we could dream as a small blue collar family from Las Vegas," Busch said. "I never envisioned this, never dreamed it. It's just the different opportunities that have come up in my career in motor sports, this is another one to chuck off the list but this is probably the biggest, most serious moment outside of stock cars."
Busch's NASCAR team owner is a big supporter of the double idea. After all, team owner Tony Stewart raced in both the Indy 500 and Coke 600 twice, back in 1999 and 2001.