INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Kurt Busch has launched his bid to complete the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in a single day
Appearing loose and ready to go, Busch was behind the wheel of the No. 26 Honda for the start of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Busch is set for a grueling, 1,100-mile slog that will include an airplane ride from Indiana to North Carolina in time for the longer of the two races Sunday evening.
The Double has been attempted by just three drivers, the last being Robbie Gordon in 2004. Only one, Tony Stewart in 2001, successfully completed the two races, finishing sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch spent the morning with his parents, girlfriend and received pre-race well wishes from everyone from car owner Chip Ganassi to rapper and actor Ice-T.