Report: Kurt Busch meets with police over assault claims by ex-girlfriend

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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch reportedly met Tuesday with Dover (Delaware) Police investigating assault allegations leveled against him by a former girlfriend.

According to a report on Wednesday by The Associated Press, the 36-year-old Busch and his attorney addressed claims by Patricia Driscoll, stemming from an alleged domestic incident that reportedly occurred nearly two months ago during a NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway.

“(Busch) was forthcoming and cooperative and honest,” attorney James Liguori told the AP.

Liguori said that Busch continues to refute allegations made by Driscoll, including her claim that Busch struck her head against a wall inside his motorcoach three times.

The investigation is continuing, Dover Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman told the AP.

Another attorney working for Busch, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement earlier this month when Driscoll’s allegations first came to light, calling them “a complete fabrication.”

Although no charges have been filed against Busch, Driscoll has alleged that on Sept. 26, Busch was verbally and physically abusive to her. Driscoll also claimed Busch was reportedly despondent because of a poor qualifying effort (22nd place) earlier that day and “he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself.”

In addition to her allegations, Driscoll has asked for a court order to prevent Busch from contacting her, as well as requesting the driver undergo a psychiatric exam and be evaluated by a domestic violence treatment specialist.

NASCAR chairman/CEO Brian France told reporters last Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway that the sanctioning body will let the police investigation play out before it would consider whether disciplinary action is warranted against Busch.

“If charges are filed, that will change our equation, and we will look at that,” France said.

Officials from Stewart-Haas Racing, the four-team Sprint Cup organization that Busch recently completed his first season of competition for, have also said they will forego any action against the driver until the police investigation is completed.

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Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”