Once in a lifetime: Kurt pumped for Memorial Day weekend double
MAR 04, 2014 4:45p ET
So it has been made official that Kurt Busch will attempt the double over the Memorial Day weekend. He will attempt to drive the Indianapolis 500, then jump on a plane and fly to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 that evening. I just have to say that I am pretty excited for Kurt.
I talked to Kurt last year when he drove an Indy car, and he really was excited about it. I think this is something that might be on his bucket list. I know he has been working hard to try and line everything up from a team and, obviously, a sponsorship side. Now, it looks like it has all come together for him.
He will definitely join a very elite crowd that has done the double. I have talked to a lot of drivers who admit there is a little slice of them that wishes at least once in their lives they could say the drove an Indy car during the Indianapolis 500.
Kurt told me that if it could all be brought together for this deal, that he was going to put a huge push on between now and the end of May, when the races take place, to get himself at the peak of mental and physical shape for this very taxing endeavor.
I know Kurt is very excited, and I am very excited for him. There is a chance that FOX will allow me to shadow him and document this incredible event -- not only just race day but everything leading up to it. It's definitely exciting for our sport and for Kurt, personally.
Kurt is genuinely pumped up for this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go over to Indy and race with those guys. Obviously, he has some great assets at his fingertips to take advantage of. His car owner/teammate Tony Stewart has done the double, and teammate Danica Patrick has run Indy, as well.
I think both those drivers can clearly understand the opportunity that has been presented to Kurt. I just think when you tie it all together, it's a win-win for both sanctioning bodies and their TV partners. Kurt already told me he plans on reaching out to Tony, Danica and the few others who have done it, to pick their brains about what worked and what mistakes they might have made. The key will be if he can use all that information to his advantage.
Obviously, Kurt's biggest teacher will be doing the experience. That's where he will learn his greatest lesson of what worked and what didn't work. That will be the best teacher he can ever have, and maybe pay even bigger dividends if he is lucky enough to be able to do the double a second time.