If Cole and Dane Carter decided to sleep in Sunday or Monday, few would likely blame them – especially after the three wild and crazy days they went through last week.
The sons of 17-time Indianapolis 500 competitor and 1985 Indy 500 polesitter Duane “Pancho” Carter, Cole and Dane work as spotters for Andretti Autosport.
Dane spots for Marco Andretti, while Cole spots for Belle Isle #1 winner Carlos Munoz.
But this past weekend, both Carter brothers spent as much time on the road as they did atop the spotter’s stand at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
The reason: both brothers also had to spot 200 miles away in Austin, Texas for the Red Bull Global Rallycross event in the X Games. Dane spotted for Tanner Foust, while Cole spotted for Scott Speed.
It was a most productive weekend for the team: Speed won the gold medal in the X Games Red Bull GRC event in Austin, while Andretti and Munoz finished 5-6 in the Firestone 600 at TMS – a week after Munoz and Andretti finished 1-2 in the Belle Isle #1 race on May 30.
The Carter brothers’ great adventure began last Thursday, when they flew from the team base in Indianapolis to Fort Worth.
As soon as they hit the ground, they hit the road towards Austin, 200 miles away, for a three-hour rallycross practice. Once that was over, they piled back in their rental car and drove north to TMS for Friday’s Firestone 600 practice and qualifying.
Then it was back on the road back to Austin later that same night for the X Games’ heat races and main event Saturday afternoon, only to put the pedal back to the metal to get back to Fort Worth for that evening’s IndyCar race.
If our math is correct, the brothers covered 800 miles in total to do their jobs, which was more mileage than their own drivers laid down on the racetracks.
Talk about a massive commute!