Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500-NASCAR double

Kurt Busch has signed up to compete in the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. (AFP)

Kurt Busch has signed up to compete in the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:04 PM ET

TORONTO - All of a sudden the 2014 Indianapolis 500 just got a whole lot more interesting.

On Tuesday, Andretti Autosport announced it has signed a deal to have NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch in one of their Dallara DW12 Hondas to attempt the double — racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 500 miles in the afternoon for then and another 600 miles that evening in the No. 41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600.

It will be the first double attempt in 10 years and only the fourth in history.

I am not sure what was harder, convincing SHR to let him try it or getting permission from the rival manufacturers.

However it was done, it’s a fantastic thing for IndyCar and its showcase event.

The deal was launched last season when Busch went to Indianapolis for a day-long test with Andretti — one that also gave him a pass on IndyCar’s Rookie Orientation program, necessary for him to get into the race.


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