Kite To Attempt Double

IndyCar Series veteran Jimmy Kite — looking to break into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series — will be attempting to drive in both divisions this weekend.

Kite is entered in Friday’s Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and will then head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to attempt to qualify for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500.

Kite will be announced Wednesday as the driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Toyota Dallara, with regular driver Paul Dana sidelined after suffering a concussion in a practice accident at the Brickyard in practice last Friday.

He already is entered in the Lowe’s event, driving the No. 06 MRD Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.

“I was fitted in the car today, and now we’re working on getting the plane situation figured out,” Kite said Tuesday. “We plan to run at Indy Wednesday from noon to 6, and should get a lot of running time in. Then, it’s off to Charlotte to practice and qualify Thursday. I’ll be back at Indy practicing during the day on Friday, and hopefully racing that evening in Charlotte. Then, I’ve got to get this car in the show at Indy on Saturday.”

Kite must first pass a 20-lap refresher course at Indy, since he has not raced an Indy Car since the 2003 Indianapolis 500 — his fourth appearance in the event. The 29-year-old Illinois native finished 11th in the 1998 Indy 500. His best finish in 23 IRL events was a sixth at Las Vegas in 1997.

“I’ve got enough laps around this place — thousands of miles — and it’s not like I haven’t been away from racing,” Kite said. “I’ve been busy racing between the Silver Crown cars and NASCAR Trucks.”

Kite’s biggest concern now is making the show at Charlotte, as he will be going up against more than a dozen competitors vying for six positions in the 36-truck field.

“It’s a stacked field, and it’s going to be tough to get in,” Kite said. “We’ve definitely got to be on our game. I love the Trucks. They’re a lot of fun, completely different from a Silver Crown or Indy Car. But I tell people if you put a Silver Crown and Indy Car together, that’s what a Truck feels like.”

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