Headline: Big Names Who Tried Drag Racing

Over a 20-year span, four racers have attempted to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day — and three of them have taken a shot at drag racing as well. But John Andretti — the first to attempt both ends of the IndyCar/NASCAR Memorial Day Double in 1994 — had a no-less-daunting fling in a Top Fuel dragster in 1993. Andretti drove the Taco Bell Express dragster owned by Major League Baseball star Jack Clark. “I climbed in with the rear wheels jacked up off the ground and they started the engine,” Andretti recalled. And the kid asked, “So, how long you been drag racing?” Andretti replied, “I’ve never been.” And the kid said, “So you’ve never done any drag racing? And you’re going to drive that car?” Andretti said yes, and the boy pondered that for a second, then before pedaling away, said, “Huh. Years later, Andretti said, “I’ll never forget that kid.

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