Like brother Kurt, Kyle Busch envisions one day running ‘the Double’ at Indy and Charlotte

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Could sibling rivalry one day extend to the Indianapolis 500?

Kurt Busch will become the first NASCAR driver in a decade to run the proverbial “double” in May: the Indy 500 in the early afternoon and the most grueling race on the Sprint Cup schedule that evening, the Coca-Cola 600.

Back home in the town where he spent most of his formative years, Las Vegas, Kyle Busch was asked Friday what he thought about big brother Kurt racing at the fabled Brickyard in an Indy car.

“I’ve thought about doing (the double) for years,” Kyle Busch told The Associated Press on Friday. ”I’ve always said that I wouldn’t do it until I’ve gotten a Cup championship, which obviously Kurt has (but) I don’t have.

“I’ve always put it on the back-burner and not really worried about it, but I think it’s good. I hope he has fun with it. Hope he don’t get too wore out.”

In an ironic twist, Kurt won his first and only Sprint Cup championship to date in 2004, the same year Robby Gordon became the last NASCAR driver to attempt the double.

Of the three drivers to date that have run the double — Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti — Stewart became the only driver to finish both races, a total of 1,100 races, in 2001 when he finished sixth in the Indy 500and third in the Coca-Cola 600.

”It’s just the fact of giving it a shot and seeing if you can’t roll sevens and win the thing,” Kyle Busch said. ”It’s the fun. It’s the challenge of a different car on a different race track, and trying to go after one of the biggest races in the country.”

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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”