SportsDash: Kurt Busch talks Indy/Charlotte double (VIDEO)

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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.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”