BLANEY WANTS TO ATTEMPT MEMORIAL DAY DOUBLE

Ryan Blaney wasted no time in outlining his goals as a driver for Team Penske.

Currently behind the wheel of the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, Team Penske announced Wednesday that Blaney will be making a switch to the No. 12 Ford, and the team will field three cars in 2018, in addition to Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 and Joey Logano’s No. 22.

While answering fan questions during a Facebook Live video from Penske’s shop Wednesday afternoon, Blaney shed some light on a longterm goal of his: Attempting the Memorial Day Double and racing in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

It’s an incredibly taxing and rare feat for any driver to attempt, and while a only handful have ever tried it, Tony Stewart is currently the lone driver to complete all 1,100 miles. In 2001, he first finished sixth in the Indy 500 before jetting off to North Carolina and coming in third at the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney wants to be the second driver in the exclusive club.

“I would like to do that sometime in the future. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I think it’s obviously two great races in the same day, and I feel like it’s very challenging for a driver. That’s really the most challenging day you could have because you’re running 1,100 miles – not counting the flight back from Indiana to North Carolina and all the back and forth you go for testing for the 500, because they’re testing there for three weeks.

“And then just going back and forth between the two different cars. They’re completely different, they drive way different and I feel like that’d be really tough to go back and forth. But maybe since I’m a Penske driver really now I can convince Mr. Penske to let me do that. That would be something really neat. Maybe I’ve gotta win some races for him first and then maybe he’ll let me go over and do that.”

Kurt Busch is the most recent driver to attempt the 1,100-mile double. In 2014, he finished sixth in the Indy 500 but lost his engine that night in the 600 and did not finish.

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