Brad Keselowski has stitches removed from right hand, good to go for Daytona

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Brad Keselowski is all whole again.

Keselowski tweeted Friday afternoon from Daytona International Speedway that the four stitches in his right hand were removed earlier in the day.

“Just had stitches pulled out,” Keselowski’s tweet read.

Keselowski received the stitches in the infield care center after cutting his hand on a broken champagne bottle in victory lane following his win at Kentucky Speedway last Saturday.

“We were playing around with some champagne bottles and as I told my good friend, ‘We should have stuck with beer,'” Keselowski said shortly after the accident. “We were having too much fun with champagne and one of the bottles broke and I cut my hand open. It’s no big deal.

“… It’s a lot better story when you win and get hurt.”

Keselowski has had no issues this week with the stitches in his hand, which he uses primarily for shifting (he said he typically drives with his left hand on the wheel).

“Do I anticipate (any problems holding the steering wheel)? No, last time I had stitches, it was just seven days or so and we’re going to Daytona, which is probably the easiest track you could ask for,” Keselowski said at Kentucky. “I didn’t break any bones or any of that stuff. I just put a big gash, so I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

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

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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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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