- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - From under the sun at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch was the busiest driver in motorsports this weekend.

His frequent flier miles are piling up in his quest to complete a racing feat known as “The Double.”

On May 25, he’ll try to race in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day - all 1,100 arduous miles.

It’s two different styles of racing in two different cars, and if he succeeds, he’ll show he’s one of the most talented drivers in racing history.

But to do it, he’ll be flying back and forth between both venues all week and the day of the race with little time to spare.

There was a dress rehearsal this weekend for race day and The Associated Press tagged along with Busch and his entourage by helicopter and plane for the Indy-North Carolina-Indy connection for two days of Indy 500 qualifying and NASCAR’s All-Star race.


9:30 a.m., Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Rise and shine! Busch had trouble sleeping the night before Saturday morning practice.

Because rain washed out most of practice this week, Busch failed to get his car in some of the qualifying setups his Andretti Autosport team wanted to work on. Cool weather pushed practice back from the scheduled 8 a.m. start.

“Each day has been a nice step forward. Today, I had to take a big step,” he said.

It was pretty big. He hit 230.984 mph in the No. 26 Honda and was fourth in the first practice session. Busch did get to relax a bit with dinner out on a Friday date night with his girlfriend and spokesperson, Patricia Driscoll. “My No. 1 PR girl,” he said, smiling.

The dress rehearsal for The Double was off and running.


12:10 p.m., Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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