When Kurt Busch, 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation “America’s Machine Tool” Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), arrives at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 – NASCAR’s longest event – he hopes to have already completed 500 miles more than any other driver in the Sprint Cup Series field that day.
On Sunday, Busch will attempt “The Double” – racing in both the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
Busch is just the fourth driver to attempt “The Double,” a feat that has only been successfully accomplished by Busch’s current team owner Tony Stewart. Stewart successfully completed all 1,100 miles in his second and final attempt in 2001, when he finished sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte.
In preparation for the most grueling feat in oval racing, Busch has spent the month of May traveling back and forth to Indianapolis from NASCAR events in Kansas City, Kansas, Talladega, Alabama and Charlotte.
While Busch has been splitting his time between IndyCar and stock cars, rookie crew chief Daniel Knost has led the No. 41 team and has kept it focused on the task at hand – the Coca-Cola 600.
Knost and team have diligently prepared and carefully gone over the No. 41 Haas Automation “America’s Machine Tool” Chevrolet in hopes of giving Busch a chance to not just complete the final 600 miles of his odyssey, but also to win the NASCAR side of “The Double.”
A victory at Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend would be a fitting end for Busch, who focuses his charitable efforts on paying tribute to the military. As part of the Memorial Day weekend festivities, the No. 41 Haas Automation “America’s Machine Tool” Chevrolet will feature a special red, white and blue paint scheme.
The paint scheme pays tribute to the American success story that is Haas Automation, whose products are manufactured at the company’s expansive facility in Oxnard, California – the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States.