Former NASCAR champ Kurt Busch joined us on Query & Schultz earlier today to talk about vying to become the first driver in a decade to attempt The Double: racing in IndyCar's Indy 500 and Sprint Cup's Coca Cola 600 in the same day.  

On the training it will require, Busch said, "I'm going Boot Camp style to be ready for this 1,100 miles.  Mentally, too.  I'm working with a martial arts instruction to have some fun with this."

Query, who regards the Indy 500 as the world's biggest race (as many in Indianapolis do), asked Busch where the 500 ranked on his list.  "I've grown up in the NASCAR world and the Daytona 500 is the biggest race that I've been a part of.  [But] I've always watched with respect the Indy 500."   He joked, "I can give you a better idea once I experience it."

Tony Stewart is the only driver to ever complete the double, running all 1,110 laps and finishing in the top ten in both Charlotte (6th) and Indy (3rd) in 2001.  

Busch also talked about other NASCAR drivers dabbling in open-wheel, and the importance of American drivers in the race.  Hear the full interview via our Podcast page.

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