The Double: it’s one of many hardest bodily exams in sport, by no means thoughts racing.
It begins with a full 200 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – most of which can be spent north of 200mph – in opposition to 32 different fearsome IndyCar rivals within the ‘500’.
Then it’s onto a non-public jet – through a chopper so as to add to the Mission Not possible environment – and a 700-mile zoom all the way down to North Carolina for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, NASCAR’s longest occasion. And you need to win that too, when you can survive 600 miles of rubbin’ and racin’ in opposition to 40-something different unsympathetic inventory automobile rivals.
Solely 4 drivers in historical past have tried The Double, the final being Kurt Busch in Might 2014, and none have managed to win at both occasion. It has lain dormant for 9 years, partly as a result of these over-audacious stunts turned barely passé in skilled motor sport, and partly as a result of few rivals are able to taking over a problem that calls for distinctive driving capability and bodily stamina.
However a decade on from the final try, there can be a brand new challenger. Kyle Larson, dominant 2021 Cup champion and the pre-eminent NASCAR expertise of his era, will tackle the problem in Might 2024. Arguably America’s prime racing prospect, Larson’s involvement is much less of a shock than the IndyCar outfit he’s teaming up with: McLaren.
After spending the 2010s mired in an F1 furrow, McLaren is stretching its ambitions once more, turning again to the innovation, industrial nous and transatlantic focus that its founder Bruce embodied when the group was fashioned a long time in the past. This time led by Zak Brown, it’s redefining racing groups in the identical manner.
Along with Larson, McLaren has three full-time IndyCar entries, has taken over Mercedes’ Method E concern and launched an Excessive E group, as well as the principle Method 1 curiosity – and it nonetheless has the potential of a WEC Hypercar entry.
Participation is all very nicely, however Brown has his eyes on emulating the unimaginable achievements of Bruce by absolutely succeeding at every stage, although he’s but to tick that off in any of the sequence.
IndyCar squad’s racing director Gavin Ward – previously of Pink Bull in F1 – mentioned that the enchantment of concurrently scaling motor sport mountains previous and new mirrored the lure of The Double for Larson, who has already received on the highest stage in inventory vehicles, filth racing and sports activities vehicles within the Daytona 24 Hours: “Kyle’s capability and need to compete throughout so many disciplines of motor racing is as uncommon at this time as it’s refreshing.”