Kurt Busch sponsor supports him ‘110 percent’ in dispute with ex-girlfriend

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Kurt Busch has received more support in his ongoing he said/she said dispute with former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, which wrapped up two days of testimony on Wednesday in Kent County (Del.) Family Court.

When the dispute first became public early last month, Stewart Haas Racing team co-owner Gene Haas said he was “not concerned” based on what information and facts he knew at the time and maintained his support of Busch.

Busch remains an active driver and member of the SHR organization.

“He’ll be in the car until someone else pulls him out,” Haas said Nov. 9 after news of Driscoll’s claim that Busch physically abused her came to light. “I’m not pulling him out.”

The case remains an active investigation by Dover (Del.) police. The family court arbitrator’s decision on whether to grant Driscoll an order of protection against Busch, or whether the arbitrator will recommend any action against Busch, remains to be seen.

Now, in addition to Haas, one of the driver’s sponsors is also backing him implicitly.

Panic Switch Army clothing brand CEO Luke Burrett said he’s “gotten to know (Busch and Driscoll) over the years” and “we support Kurt 110 percent on this case,” according to USA Today.

“There’s been a lot of allegations,” Burrett continued. “We know Kurt on a personal and business level.

“I know him as a human being, and I know what he’s capable of doing and what he’s not capable of doing, and we support Kurt all the way to the end on this. We’re not going to go anywhere. It’s not going to change what we’re doing.”

Burrett admitted his company’s sales have felt somewhat of an impact from the Busch-Driscoll situation.

“Has it affected our business? Yeah, of course it’s affected our business,” he said. “Anytime you get an allegation of abuse, it’s going to affect everybody’s business until it’s cleared up.”

NASCAR chairman Brian France said a month ago that the sanctioning body will let the investigation play out before any action, if needed, is taken.

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Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.