INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kurt Busch is slacking at Indy. He's only entered in one race, scheduled to drive just 400 miles, and has no reason for a mad dash to the helicopter to catch a ride to another track.
Busch is like any other driver trying to win the Brickyard 400, blending in around the garage without scores of reporters and a documentary crew shadowing his every move. Busch has scrapped The Double for The Single at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Returning to IMS for the first time since the Indianapolis 500, Busch's schedule was considerably less hectic, with one practice session the only racing on his Friday schedule.
"This feels like an off weekend," Busch said, chuckling.
Busch should enjoy his extra free time. He could have made IMS his primary address in May when he tried to make history with an attempt at completing all 1,100 miles of the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Coca 600 on the same day. Busch earned top rookie honors driving for Andretti Autosport at Indy with a sensational sixth-place finish.
After some rest, food and fluids on a flight to North Carolina, Busch fell 129 laps shy of his goal because of a blown engine in the No. 41 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
His date with history has to wait. Busch was the fourth driver to attempt the feat. Just one — Tony Stewart — has completed both races.
Only John Andretti, Stewart and Robby Gordon had even attempted The Double, and no driver had tried since Gordon in 2004. Busch hasn't decided if he'll make another run at double duty in 2015.
"Every day I wake up and like, yes, let's do it again," he said. "Then there are thoughts of, I finished sixth, that's pretty special. I don't know if I could achieve that result again."
But he's reminded daily of open wheel life. Busch texts with car owner Michael Andretti, IndyCar teammate Marco Andretti and other friends he made during his brief stint in open wheel. With unfinished business, Busch admits it would be fun to take another shot at both races.
The Double Part II is not as simple as just landing a ride. Busch spent months training like a cadet and crisscrossing the country for the doubleheader. He had to make sacrifices on the Sprint Cup side to chase his dream at the Brickyard.
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