Kurt Busch to appear in Del. court tomorrow for protection order hearing

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An attorney for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says that the former Sprint Cup champion will appear in a Delaware courtroom tomorrow for his hearing related to a protection from abuse petition filed by his ex-girlfriend.

Attorney James Liguori told The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) that Busch must report to the Kent County Family Court by 9 a.m. local time and that his hearing is one of 11 total hearings at the court tomorrow.

Busch’s hearing was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, but it was postponed as he would be returning to the U.S. on that day after competing in Italy.

Early in November, Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, alleged in court documents that Busch had attacked her inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26.

Busch has since met with the Dover (Del.) Police Department to address the allegations. The department’s investigation remains ongoing at this time but a spokesman for the department said in an e-mail to the News Journal that the investigation has been hampered by both the delayed reporting of the incident and frequent travel for some of the witnesses.

Driscoll’s own attorney has said that a custody battle between her and her ex-husband over their son was the reason why she did not immediately contact authorities.

“As any parent will tell you, their child is their primary concern,” attorney Mark Dysio said in a Nov. 8 USA Today story. “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.”

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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