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Kyle Larson undated by attempt at Indy 500-NASCAR double in May

DOVER, Del. — Kyle Larson ran into his first speed bump in his busy May.

Larson next month will become the fifth driver in history to attempt to complete “The Double” and run 1,100 miles in one day, starting with the Indianapolis 500 in an Indy car and then flying to Charlotte to drive in the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race of the year.

But ahead of the milestone attempt, Larson will stay in Indianapolis on May 17 to practice for the 500 rather than travel to North Wilkesboro Speedway to practice and qualify for the NASCAR All-Star race.

He is expected to qualify for the Indy 500 on May 18 before – barring any complications – he travels to North Carolina to compete in an All-Star heat race later that night. The All-Star race at North Wilkesboro is May 21, hours after the top 12 cars on the starting grid is set in Indianapolis.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to run a heat race,” Larson said. “I hope to make it back in time for the race itself. Kind of don’t really know yet. Kind of depends on how the week is going in Indy. For sure, won’t be able to practice, I know that. “

Larson’s next time on the track at Indy won’t be until May 14, when IMS opens for Indy 500 preparations. Larson is running an entry co-fielded by McLaren and Hendrick Motorsports, his NASCAR team and Rick Hendrick’s first entry into the Indianapolis 500.

“I need to get as much laps in Indy as possible,” Larson said. “The plane will be ready for me to go whenever it’s free for me to leave.”