Kurt Busch

Preparing for Indy-Charlotte double has been a real workout for Kurt Busch


While his main focus for now is getting his Sprint Cup season back on the right track at Kansas Speedway, Kurt Busch’s next order of business isn’t far off either.

After running the 5-Hour Energy 400 tomorrow night in Kansas, Busch will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the start of official practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500.

Busch passed his Rookie Orientation Program for Andretti Autosport late last month, but has been preparing himself physically for the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 “double” for longer than that.

He is seeking to become the fourth driver in history to do both races on the same day and the second to complete all 1,100 miles of the challenge.

Still, despite his diligent preparation, Busch has been having his aches and pains.

“On the physical side of it, my hands have been very sore after each of the practice sessions just from the death grip on the wheel,” Busch said today at Kansas. “I need to relax more and just let the car come to me instead of me forcing the car.

“So, it’s just getting comfortable with the driver controls and knowing where everything is around me.”

He believes that upper-body strength will be critical for him, and it would seem that he’s making gains in that department as he reported a gain of several pounds in muscle mass – “a noticeable slight difference,” in his words.

As for his workout routine leading up to the double, Busch says he has been flipping between weight training and running, the latter including everyday jogs to and from the gym.

He believes that the hard work will not only pay off for him on Memorial Day weekend, but for years to come on the Sprint Cup side.

“It’s just been a lot of fun to get into more depth in all areas,” he said of his training. “And I feel like that’s going to help me, being 35 years old here in the Cup garage, with another strong ten years.

“Ramping up this format is going to carry and prolong my activity level here.”

Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

View a selection of photos and social posts below. More is linked here, via IndyCar.com.

Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.