Indy 500-Charlotte 600 double an adventure for NASCAR drivers

Eight times drivers have attempted to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day on Memorial Day weekend. Only five times have they actually started and finished both races on the same day.
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Kurt Busch will attempt to become the fourth driver to start both events on the same day when he runs the Indy-Charlotte double Sunday. The Indy 500 will go green at 12:17 p.m. ET and typically runs to about 3:30 p.m., which should give Busch enough time to make it to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 6:18 p.m. green flag for the Coca-Cola 600. Last week, Busch made the trip in 91 minutes.
He will start 12th at the Indy 500 and in the rear of the field after missing the 4 p.m. drivers meeting for the Coca-Cola 600. At least the weather is promising at both tracks.

Busch will follow in the footsteps for drivers John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart, who each ran the double in the 1990s and early 2000s. The big difference: Andretti, Gordon and Stewart were each former IndyCar drivers who successfully made the transition to NASCAR, and then returned to Indy for the 500. Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion, has never competed in an IndyCar race and had never driven an Indy car before he began testing and preparing for a possible Indy 500 run.

All three drivers won major league Indy car races before moving to NASCAR and winning Cup races. Now Busch, who has 25 career Cup wins, will try to make history by winning the Indy 500.