A new name will be added to the list of famous names that have attempted the “double” of participating in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in some form or another.
John Andretti, Robby Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and … Doug Rice?
Sunday will mark the first time that a broadcaster will work both the Indy 500 and the Coke 600. Rice, president of the Performance Racing Network, will cover pit road at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the IMS Radio Network. Then he will make the trip to Charlotte, N.C. to co-anchor PRN’s broadcast of NASCAR’s longest race of the year.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” said Rice in a release. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, to be truthful, it’s been a dream of mine since Andretti pulled off the first double in 1994.”
The “double” attempt will come with “logistical” support from the Shell Oil Company.
“I’ve always been in awe of the drivers who were able to survive the impact of the double,” said Rice. “And even though this will be different kind of double, it will still be a challenge. I’m betting on energy and adrenaline to keep me going through the day in Indy and during the night for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.”
Rice’s day of covering 1,100 miles of racing will have its own hashtag on social media, #DougDouble.