"I think this is something that is good for NASCAR, good for IndyCar, good for the fans to get behind and really feel like they are part of," Busch said. "There was no social media, or the means for fans to get an
He said he's worked out several scheduling issues with NASCAR and has permission from Charlotte Motor Speedway to helicopter onto the frontstretch of the track to speed Black Nike Air Force 1 High up his arrival for the second race. Busch won the Coca Cola 600 which is a full 100 miles longer than any other race on the NACAR schedule in 2010.
"I'm really excited to have Kurt come onboard for the Indy 500. He did a great job for us when he tested last year," Andretti said. military, will bring at least two personal sponsors.
Busch first flirted with the idea last May when he completed the Indy 500 rookie orientation program with Andretti. He didn't put a program together to run the 500, and said he's second guessed that decision at times.
He said he's spoken to Stewart, as well as former Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr., and Juan Pablo Montoya, who left NASCAR to drive for Penske in IndyCar this season, about his venture. Castroneves, Hornish and Montoya are all former Indy 500 winners.
"It's a great opportunity for Kurt and I fully support him," Stewart said Tuesday. "He'll have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but he has an overwhelming amount of driving talent on his side. He has a great car owner with Michael Andretti, who's not only an owner, but he's been a driver too.
in depth look at what goes into the double when the others tried it. We think we've got an opportunity to make people feel like they are part of the experience with me."
co owner at Stewart Haas, is the only driver to complete the double. He did it in his second and final attempt, in 2001, when he finished sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte.
An Indiana native who grew up dreaming of winning the Indianapolis 500, Stewart long ago abandoned that goal and passed on an offer last year from Roger Penske to drive one of his cars in the 2013 Indianapolis 500. But Stewart has given Busch Nike Air Force Black High Tops
"I'm a fan of motorsports, a student of motorsports, and I view this as a challenge for myself," Busch said. "Memorial Day weekend, the central focus of all motorsports is Monaco, Indianapolis and Charlotte and this is a tremendous opportunity to be right in the middle of it."
He said Tuesday he will attempt to make the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for Andretti Autosport. Should he make the May 25 race, Busch would then fly to Charlotte Motor Speedway to fulfill his full time job with Stewart Haas Racing a team co owned by Stewart in NASCAR's longest event of the year.
Now Kurt Busch wants to give "the double" a try and he will have cars capable of winning both races.
"To add a driver with the rsum of Kurt Busch to the Indianapolis 500 field is a huge gain for IndyCar," Walker said. "We want to see the best 33 drivers put their skills to the test on the biggest stage in motorsports, regardless of which series they come from. To attempt 'the double' is a tremendous challenge, and we're looking forward to watching Kurt accomplish the feat."
Busch has also taken up martial arts and joked he's entered "a boot camp phase" of his personal training.
Busch's path to the Indy 500 will begin in earnest after the May 10 Sprint Cup race at Kansas. He's expected to spend a week testing Andretti's Honda, and make at least 10 trips between Indy and Charlotte as he participates in NASCAR's All Star race and attempts to qualify for the 500, race in the 500 and the 600.
Busch's attempt comes at a much different time than when Gordon and Stewart last tried to run both races. Social media didn't exist a decade ago, and Busch plans to utilize every avenue possible to let fans follow along with his attempt.
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Busch will not participate in an IndyCar race before the Indy 500, but president of competition Derrick Walker said last month the series would try to accommodate him with track time much the same way it has Montoya, who has received additional testing time in his preparation for the season.
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told me, 'You can do this,'" Busch said.
"Welcome to the club!" Gordon posted on his Twitter account.
Cessna has signed on to help with his transportation between IndyCar and NASCAR, and Busch estimates it will require at least 20 hours of flight time shuttling him back and forth between both series. He's also teamed with Basis, a wrist based health tracker Busch is using to help with his training leading up to the double.
"I took the conservative route and sometimes I kick myself because Carlos Munoz finished second as a rookie in that car last year," Busch said. "So now I'm challenging myself to do something great in motorsports."
Indeed, three time winner Castroneves welcomed Busch to the field: "Congrats on the indy500, see u there!!" he tweeted.
Andretti will unveil the car and primary sponsor for Busch at a later date.
Only John Andretti, Stewart and Robby Gordon have attempted the "double," and no driver has tried since Gordon in 2004.
"Michael has so much to offer Kurt in terms of knowledge and firsthand experience. It really seems like a natural pairing."
"You can get your body ready, and do all the cardio needed and follow the nutritional guidelines," he said. "But the mental aspect of running 1,100 miles is like nothing you can prepare for. I think the martial arts can help with that."
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It's been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 on the same day, a feat so grueling that only Tony Stewart has successfully completed all 1,100 miles.
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