Two races at Indy is double fun or double trouble?

Mike Conway leads the field during the IZOD IndyCar Series Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit in May....

Mike Conway leads the field during the IZOD IndyCar Series Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit in May. Just like Toronto this weekend, Detroit held two races in two days. (Getty Images)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 PM ET

There are “blisters on their hands.”

Their “elbows are bleeding from rubbing inside the cockpit.”

This is how Brian Barnhart describes the sight of a fatigued driver stepping out of his high-powered Indy car after a gruelling two-hour race to the finish, often in sweltering heat.

And that’s after just one race.

Imagine the beating two events in two days has on a person and their machine.

Yet, here we are, on the cusp of the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto, and that’s exactly the scenario that will play out this weekend at the CNE Grounds in Toronto.

One race Saturday. One race Sunday. Both IZOD IndyCar events. Both counting toward the championship. Both redefining IndyCar’s definition of “endurance.”

There is an old adage in baseball concerning twinbills in which players say “Let’s play two!”

Now, thanks to IndyCar, here comes the concept of an auto racing “doubleheader.”


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