Brantley Gilbert is doing what only a few people have attempted before... well, sort of. Kurt Busch will not be the only one pulling the "double" by taking part in both the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day. Busch will be joined by Country music entertainer Brantley Gilbert who will try his own version of a "Memorial Day Double" at both races.
Gilbert, the 2013 Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Male Artist, will adorn the No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet of rookie Sage Karam as well as Jamie McMurray's No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS. Granted, Gilbert won't be driving over a 1000 miles in two completely different styles of race car but it's still a fun version of the "double" to talk about.
Karam, a long time race and music fan, says that being associated with Gilbert and driving in the IndyCar series is a dream come true. The 19 year old driver is from Nazareth, PA., who's love for racing was solidified when he visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a youngster with his father. The driver said that taking part in driver orientation programs to prepare for the upcoming 500 was a dream come true even when he at first thought the practice wold be limited to a few laps.
"At first (race engineer) Jeff Britton told me I was going to do an install lap (in the morning) and when I came in I said to (team owner) Dennis (Reinbold), 'Come on, that's the biggest tease you could ever give a new driver,' so he let me go through Phase 1," Karam said. "It was a dream come true. I remember coming to the race for the first time with my dad when I was 9 or 10 years old, just walking through the tunnel and thinking that I want to win this race one day."
Image: Pictured from left to right; Brantley Gilbert, Sage Karam, and Scott Borchetta (CEO, Big Machine Records) -- Photo IndyCar Media by: Chris Owens