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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:30 am

Kurt doing the DOUBLE.........

Andretti Motorsports joining SHR to support Kurt in doing the double....great announcement on Fox and Friends this morning....Kurt also flipped pancakes for them.....GOOD LUCK Kurt!! Cessna will do all the flying to get him back and forth on Memorial Day......

SIDE NOTE....Wouldn't it be great for him to win this weekend at his home track..... :)
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:02 am

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Saw that also and ive stated my opinion on this already so good luck--anything for PR or so they think? Wondering how he got out from under the fact he drives Chevys in Nascar that made news earlier stating he couldn't drive for Andretti with Honda, but now doing so--good luck with that also? :roll:
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:47 am

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I just found this .....it states he will drive a Dallara-Honda, so maybe that's why Chevy had no objection....

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INDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR star Kurt Busch announced Tuesday that he will try to be the first driver in a decade to "do the double" -- compete in IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Cup's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Speaking on "Fox & Friends," Busch confirmed he will drive a Dallara-Honda fielded by Andretti Autosport at Indianapolis on May 25 before immediately flying to Charlotte, N.C., to pilot his regular No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in NASCAR's longest race.

"It's a big day for us," Busch said. "The logistical side is a big challenge, and the other challenge was getting two teams like this with the caliber of Andretti Autosport and Stewart-Haas Racing to win this race lined up.

"Cessna's plane travel company is going to help me get back and forth. In this day and age of social media, everyone's going to want to keep up with us. It's Memorial Day weekend, and this isn't just a PR stunt."

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Kurt Busch said he'll be the first driver since 2004 to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
On Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, Busch revealed he is closing the Kurt Busch Foundation, rolling it into the Armed Forces Foundation with an initial $100,000 donation. He said that will be a key element of his Indy/Charlotte double.

"I've been working with the Armed Forces Foundation the last three years to build attention towards our troops and their PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) struggles and traumatic brain injuries," Busch said. "I'm doing this for the troops. There's going to be a full-on workout regimen that I'm going to be full-tilt with the next three months. It's hard to do 1,100 miles the same day. It's not just the physical side -- it's the mental side as well."

Busch, 35, has entertained thoughts of racing an IndyCar for at least a decade. In early 2003, he ran about 20 laps in one of Bobby Rahal's Lola/Cosworth Indy cars at the Sebring International Raceway road course. Then in May 2013, he had a more serious test, spending a full day lapping the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Andretti team, reaching a speed of 218 mph.

There was not enough time to secure sponsorship and staffing for Busch to compete in last year's Indy 500, but the driver and team owner Michael Andretti pledged to stay in contact about the possibility of Busch making his IndyCar debut at Indianapolis this year.

"There was legitimate value to doing the rookie orientation and passing the test last year with Andretti Autosport," Busch said. "I was intrigued about doing it, as a student of motorsport."

The plan was complicated when the Andretti team switched from Chevrolet to Honda engines this year, creating a potential conflict due to Busch's Chevrolet tires in NASCAR. After exploring options with Chevrolet-powered IndyCar teams, including Ganassi Racing and Team Penske, Busch decided that he wanted to remain loyal to Andretti and was able to work out a release to drive a Honda car at Indianapolis.

"Sometimes when you go to the dance with your first partner, you want to stay there and stick it out," Busch said. "I'm a loyal guy, and the coaching I received from Michael Andretti during that rookie orientation day was priceless. For him and IMS to invest in that day was a big moment. So I always hoped to do it with Andretti Autosport. NASCAR, and IndyCar gave us their blessing. We just needed to work through some of the scheduling issues."

Busch's entry will be Andretti Autosport's fifth car in the Indianapolis 500's 33-car field, to go along with those driven by full-time IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, and Carlos Munoz.

"I'm really excited to have Kurt come on board for the Indy 500," Andretti said. "He did a great job for us when he tested last year. He's obviously a natural talent and we feel he is going to take to the IndyCar quickly and have a competitive month with us."

Although his efforts to race at Indianapolis in 2013 fell through, Busch never let up in trying to find a way to race in one of the most famous events in the world.

"It's like we've been driving down a hilly country road -- not mountainous, but just hills," Busch said. "I learned last October that Andretti Autosport was switching to Honda. That was another downhill run. During the offseason, there wasn't much activity, and that seemed like another downhill run. But as of January, things started going uphill again and we found a lot of green lights ahead of us to make this deal happen. It started really gaining traction when we talked about it during the NASCAR Media Tour."

One important thing Busch had going for him was an understanding team owner in Tony Stewart, one of three men to have completed the Indy-Charlotte double. Stewart did it twice: In 1999, he finished ninth at Indianapolis and fourth at Charlotte, and in 2001, he became the only driver to date to complete all 1,100 miles, finishing sixth at Indy and third under the lights in Charlotte.

"It's great having Tony as the co-owner of my NASCAR team," Busch said. "In the weeks leading up to the month of May, it gives me a chance to talk with him about his personal experiences with the 'double' -- to anticipate what's next and have things checked off the list so that I'm mentally and physically prepared for the challenge.

"I owe a big thanks to Tony, Gene Haas, and the partners at Stewart-Haas -- including General Motors -- for allowing me to fulfill this dream, to challenge myself in motorsports and to do something special in this day and age."

Indiana native Stewart won the 1997 IRL-sanctioned IndyCar championship before moving full time to NASCAR the following year.

"We've got one life here and you've got to chase your dreams," Stewart told reporters at the NASCAR Media Tour in January. "You can't sit here and worry about things that could happen. I'm excited that he has those aspirations, and a new challenge that he hasn't had before."


Aside from Stewart, the others who have completed the same-day double include John Andretti, who in 1994 was the first driver to attempt the feat. He finished 10th at Indianapolis and 36th at Charlotte. Robby Gordon made five attempts, achieving the most success in 2002 when he ran eighth at Indy and 16th at Charlotte, falling short by just one lap of completing the full 1,100-mile distance.

Gordon's last attempt in 2004 was the last time any driver competed in both races. In 2005, the traditional 11:00 a.m. ET start time for Indianapolis was pushed back to noon and then 1 p.m., making it logistically impossible to complete the three-hour race and make it to Charlotte in time for that event's 6 p.m. ET start. Indianapolis has since reverted to a noon start, in part to encourage NASCAR drivers to attempt the double.

Busch will rely on a carefully choreographed travel plan that includes helicopters and a private jet in order to make the green flag at Charlotte. Because he likely will miss the prerace driver's meeting at Charlotte, Busch probably will start from the back of the field.

One key difference between Busch and the others who have run both Charlotte and Indianapolis is the latter group included all full-time IndyCar drivers before they switched to NASCAR. The last true stock car driver to compete at the Indianapolis 500 was Bobby Allison, who while driving for Penske Racing opted to skip several NASCAR races to focus on a month-long program at Indianapolis in 1973 and '75.

Through 1970, the Indianapolis 500 was always run on May 30, meaning it rarely conflicted with what was then called the World 600 at Charlotte. Several stock drivers tried their luck at Indianapolis, which in those days was by far the richest and most prestigious race in the world.

In 1967, Cale Yarborough was the first driver to contest both races. Jerry Grant followed suit a year later, followed by Lee Roy Yarbrough in 1969.

In 1970, Donnie Allison posted the best combined finishes in the two races, winning at Charlotte on May 24 and finishing fourth to claim rookie of the year honors at Indianapolis six days later. The following year, Allison ran sixth at Indianapolis and was runner-up at Charlotte the next day.
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:06 pm

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I wonder what the regular Indy drivers think about having Kurt in the race with them?
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:36 pm

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Hopefully Kurt will receive good press between now & then especially in light of the charity/cause that he is representing... Hope it quites some of the haters that don't really know anything about him.
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:37 pm

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Double post but site wont let me delete:
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:39 pm

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"I wonder what the regular Indy drivers think about having Kurt in the race with them?"

Go to the Trackforum site where there are different topics for everything in racing and otherwise--great site for info. Heres the main link and click on Indycar topic. Some are hoping it helps their ratings etc and some aren't happy about it--same o same o--opinions vary..

Main site:
http://www.trackforum.com/forums/forum.php

One recent Kurt thread as there are several:
http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showth ... the-double!
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Post Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:41 pm

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KB41fan wrote:Hopefully Kurt will receive good press between now & then especially in light of the charity/cause that he is representing... Hope it quites some of the haters that don't really know anything about him.

well that is a big plus that he has involved those charities... it will be interesting to see how he holds up during the day...
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:31 am

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Now there is actually a reason to watch the Indy 500. Good Luck Kurt, Make it count.

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:20 am

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Personally, I'd like to see Kurt do well in both races. Top 10 in both would be cool with me.
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:15 am

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GREAT news, I've been sitting on my hands waiting on this news to finally break.....

couldn't have come at a better time after these last two rough weeks for kurt. Really looking forward to indy this year!!! :D :D :D
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:03 am

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I would love to have seen Tony and Kurt both do the Double.......that would have been incredible!!
Talk about a "Publicity Extravaganza " WOW........Andretti vs Penske and two NASCAR superstars!! Those seats would be sold out in a heartbeat!!
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:03 pm

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True, it would make the Indy 500 more interesting. I may actually watch it this year.
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:48 pm

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Go Kurt. That day I'll be a fan without a doubt.
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:44 pm

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I'm curious as to how well Kurt will run at Indy myself and hope he does well enough to win it! ;)
Kurt may not be one of my favorite drivers, but his talent as a driver and the person he is outside the track, I have a lot of respect for him regardless of past conflicts or the media chasers!
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