Lawyer: Custody battle led to delay in Kurt Busch accusations

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The attorney for Patricia Driscoll, the ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch who has accused him of domestic abuse, said a custody battle was what caused Driscoll’s delay in approaching authorities.

According to a story on USAToday.com, Driscoll’s attorney, Mark Dysio, said his client did not go to Dover (Delaware) police due to Driscoll being involved in a custody battle with her unidentified ex-husband.

“Part of that case is premised off the fact Ms. Driscoll, Mr. Busch and the child spent so much time together,” Dysio said. “The (birth) father was concerned young Houston was being referred to in the paper by Mr. Busch as his stepson, his surrogate son, as Kurt Jr. Any allegations involving Mr. Busch would have had a material effect on that custody case.

“As any parent will tell you, their child is their primary concern. So legally, it took some time to work through the process of how Mr. Busch’s situation with Ms. Driscoll would affect that custody case. It was only until that was resolved to a certain degree of satisfaction that we were able to pursue the second avenue.”

That second avenue, of course, is the allegations Driscoll has leveled against Busch, that he verbally and physically abused her, including allegedly hitting her head against a wall three times.

Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, was adamant that his client denies Driscoll’s claims, according to USA Today.

“When the investigation is over, everyone will realize this is a fabrication and an event that did not happen,” he said. “Past that, I don’t want to say any more than that and instead leave the police to reach their own conclusions.”

Dysio told USA Today that Driscoll has given Dover police investigators various bits of evidence, including photographs, text messages and the names of potential witnesses who could corroborate Driscoll’s story.

Dysio also said this is not a situation where Driscoll wants money from Busch.

“No monetary demands have been made,” he said. “Ms. Driscoll is very successful in her own right. She’s a defense contractor in Washington.

“Her foundation (Armed Forces Foundation) does numerous great events and supports both men and women. So this isn’t a case of some young kid trying to come in and squeeze a dollar.”​

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.