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NASCAR’s Kyle Larson is cruelly denied a historic double after completing the Indy500 and rushing 574 miles to the Coca-Cola 600… only to have the race end early due to rain!


Kyle Larson was dealt a nasty blow in his bid to become just the fifth driver in history to complete the Indianapolis-Charlotte double on Sunday.

Just 17 minutes after finishing 18th in the Indy500, NASCAR star Larson boarded a flight to Charlotte and embarked on a mad 574-mile rush to get to the Coca-Cola 600 in North Carolina.

Only four drivers have ever taken part in both events on the same day, meaning a special place in history awaits the 31-year-old if he makes it in time.

NASCAR’s annual Cup Series event began at 6:00 PM ET in Charlotte, and given that it spans a staggering 600 miles, Larson initially had a chance to start midway through the race and deliver an incredible performance.

However, after rain in Indianapolis made his task even more difficult earlier in the day, by the time Larson arrived at Charlotte Motorway Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600 had been suspended for the same reason.

Kyle Larson was dealt a severe blow in his bid to become the fifth driver in history to complete the Indianapolis-Charlotte double.

Larson boarded a flight to Charlotte just 17 minutes after finishing the Indy500 and embarked on a mad 574-mile rush to get to the Coca-Cola 600.

Larson boarded a flight to Charlotte just 17 minutes after finishing the Indy500 and embarked on a mad 574-mile rush to get to the Coca-Cola 600.

And before he could take to the track to complete the historic double, the race was eventually called off due to weather conditions – meaning Toyota’s Christopher Bell took the win.

Larson, meanwhile, was left devastated after rushing from Indianapolis to Charlotte for absolutely nothing.

The American driver to win the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series was always up against it on Sunday when the Indy500 was delayed by severe thunderstorms.

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Fans were asked to take cover, and while most took cover, a small group of attendees could be seen chasing each other around the concourse in Indianapolis.

Track president J. Douglas Boles said track drying equipment will take about two hours to dry the 2.5-mile oval, but the race is expected to start about four hours later and all 200 laps will be completed before dark.

«It looks like that’s going to be the window where we might be able to dry out for the race today,» Larson said earlier Sunday. “But of course that affects things for the 600. It’s still the weather. You don’t know exactly how it will turn out.

“But the worst-case scenario happens, which is a bummer. We’re going to get on track in something today.»

The NASCAR star finished 18th in his Indy500 debut before hitting the road.  Only four riders have ever taken part in both events on the same day

The NASCAR star finished 18th in his Indy500 debut before hitting the road. Only four riders have ever taken part in both events on the same day

But after getting to the track in time, Larson was left devastated when the race ended prematurely

But after getting to the track in time, Larson was left devastated when the race ended prematurely

His hopes of completing the double were dashed when the Indy500 was postponed on Sunday

His hopes of completing the double were dashed when the Indy500 was postponed on Sunday

Heavy storms had been expected all week and arrived around 12:45 p.m., just as the green flag was due to drop. Along with heavy rain, wind gusts of up to 45 mph brought dangerous lightning, and video boards at the racetrack advised fans who had already reached the speedway to seek shelter.

Had the race been restarted, Larson would have cemented his place in Coca-Cola 600 history with former US President Donald Trump watching at Charlotte Motorway Speedway.

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Trump is in town for the race after angering fans by flying his private jet over a track in North Carolina.



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