INDIANAPOLIS – The “double” is a commonly used term in the racing community for drivers trying to race in both the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Coca-Cola 600 during the Memorial Day weekend. Only four drivers have ever accomplished this feat in the history of both races being run on the same day.
Ryan Hunter-Reay though, is trying to do his own “double” but this time it’s not the Indy/Charlotte double.
Hunter-Reay will take part in not just the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Long Beach next Sunday, but the Andretti Autosport driver will also run in the IMSA race on the California street circuit on Saturday afternoon as well.
Hunter-Reay will drive his normal No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda in practice, qualifying and in the race next weekend, but he will also pilot the No. 90 VisitFlorida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype as well.
He will share the sports car ride with Marc Goossens, as Hunter-Reay will likely practice the car on Friday morning, then take his turn at his IndyCar in two sessions on Friday as well.
He will then have one more IndyCar practice on Saturday morning before qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach later on in the day. Following that, he will take part in the 100-minute IMSA race as he’s set to have a very busy weekend behind the wheel of two separate race cars.
It’s not the first time he’s done this “double” though as he did it at Homestead a few years ago.
But, unlike Long Beach, Homestead is an oval for IndyCar but a road course for IMSA so that double was a bit different.
The 35-year old has made two previous starts this year in that IMSA ride as he raced with them in the Rolex 24 at Daytona as well as the 12-Hours of Sebring in March.