INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kurt Busch will drive the No. 26 Suretone Honda for Andretti Autosport in his attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s 600-mile race on the same day.
Only John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon have attempted the “double,” and no driver has tried since Gordon in 2004.
Busch’s No. 26 was unveiled Monday in Indianapolis. The 35-year old Busch will hit the track in the No. 26 on Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He will attempt to make the May 25 Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for Andretti Autosport. He drives the No. 41 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Suretone is an American record label founded in 2006 as a joint venture by Jordan Schur, former CEO of Geffen Records, and Interscope Record.
“I couldn’t have found a better group to attempt to run this double,” Busch said Monday.
He’s expected to spend a week testing Andretti’s Honda, and make at least 10 trips between Indy and Charlotte as he participates in NASCAR’s All-Star race and attempts to qualify and race in the 500 and the 600.
He said he’s worked out several scheduling issues with NASCAR and has permission from Charlotte Motor Speedway to helicopter onto the frontstretch of the track to speed up his arrival for the second race. Busch won the Coca-Cola 600 — which is a full 100 miles longer than any other race on the NACAR schedule — in 2010.
Suretone was glad it’s aboard for Busch’s run in the black-and-white No. 26.
“We are honored to have Suretone Entertainment stand with Andretti Autosport and Kurt Busch in this historic event as Kurt enters his first Indianapolis 500 qualifying run, as well as attempts to become only the fourth driver in motorsport history to contest the `Double’,” Shur said.