Driving for 1,100 miles in one day seems pretty insane; most normal people don’t even drive that in a few month’s time. Race car drivers aren’t normal people though, they’re superhumans; whether you think so or not, race car drivers are athletes. It takes talent to drive a car for that long and endure that much discomfort to your body.
Kurt Busch will attempt to run both the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indy 500 in the same day; he will be the first since Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart to attempt the feat. Neither Gordon nor Stewart was able to finish all 1,100 miles, but Stewart came close but was a few laps down at the end of the race.
A lot of personalites, including drivers, crew chiefs and team owners, had a lot to say about Busch running the double. Darrell Waltrip said that he really liked Busch having the willingness to step outside of the box. Below is the exact quote from Waltrip regarding Busch running the double:
“What I particularly like about Kurt is his willingness to step outside of the box and take chances; do something different. He had his own drag car, which he’d always wanted to do. That was a great experience for him.”
Waltrip continued to talk about how Busch had his own drag car and how having the drag car was a great experience for him. Waltrip finished with saying, “It’s a big risk, but it could be a big reward.”
And Waltrip could never be more clear with that. It’s a huge risk for Busch as a driver and it’s an equally huge risk for Stewart-Haas Racing. If Busch gets caught up in a wreck at Indy, it will be somewhat hard for his race team to find a replacement to drive the No. 41 car in the Coca-Cola 600.
You may not look at Indy Car as a real eye catcher in driving talent if you’re a NASCAR fan. Now with Busch, running a double some much needed attention will be on Indy Car. The double gives NASCAR and Indy Car both some much needed attention.
I just hope that all goes well and Busch can have two solid races in one day with the eyes of racing fans everywhere on him.
You can join the conversation about the double on twitter using #DoubleOutlaw and also by follow Busch on Twitter (@KurtBusch).