Keselowski on battle w/Kurt Busch: “What’s done is done”

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While asserting that he won’t back down, Brad Keselowski is ready to put his Martinsville feud with Kurt Busch behind him.

In his latest blog post written going into the Duck Commander 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Keselowski talked about the pit road incident involving himself, Busch and Kasey Kahne, and the subsequent on-track tempers that flared between him and Busch afterwards. Post-race also saw the two throw verbal barbs at each other.

That initially led to talk of payback during today’s race (currently held up due to rain/track drying), but it appears that Keselowski will not actively seek to antagonize “The Outlaw.”

“Moving ahead, as far as Kurt is concerned, my feeling is this: I got my message out,” he wrote. “What’s done is done. I’m ready to move on.

“Kurt controls what goes on from here. If he feels like he needs to do something else, that’s up to him.”

Keselowski also said that he wasn’t mad at Busch for running into him in the pits, but for what he sees as Busch’s failure to minimize the damage.

He noted past incidents in which, according to him, Busch would keep the throttle down approaching a wreck – which Keselowski sees as a needless escalation of risk.

The resulting incident in the pits cost Keselowski some 30 laps for repairs, but he wanted to make sure that his team got a few messages by making his way back out to the track.

“First, I wanted them to know that I wasn’t okay with what happened, and that we aren’t going to be pushovers,” he said. “Second, I wanted the team to know that we don’t give up.”

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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