Kurt Busch, who will seek to become the first driver in a decade to run the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, spent time on today’s edition of NBCSN SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports discussing how he’ll prepare for the task.
As the #DoubleOutlaw explained to hosts Dave Briggs and Carolyn Manno, the Indy/Charlotte double is a big challenge for all parties involved from the driver to the teams at Andretti Autosport (IndyCar) and Stewart-Haas Racing (NASCAR).
“Other than demanding 1,100 miles that you have to have such intense focus for, over the last decade the schedule of logistics just didn’t allow [the Double] to happen,” Busch said from New York City.
“Indiana is now in the Eastern Time Zone, it used to be in the Central [Time Zone]. And with that hour window, it can open [the Double] up to being done – and you’ve got to have fast plane travel. So, I’ve got Cessna [jets] lined up and I’ve got a great group of guys on both sides of the fence to make this happen.”
Check out the video above to hear more of Busch’s comments on his upcoming adventure in May.
UPDATE No. 2: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was closing in on restarting on Lap 23 or 24 before officials threw the second red flag race stoppage because of lingering puddles on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, particularly on the front stretch. We’ll keep you updated as situations warrant.
UPDATE No. 1: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.
Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).
Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.
The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.
Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.
While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.
As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.
Catch the race live on NBCSN.