Kurt Busch: Indy 500 return is “something we haven’t talked about”


Last May, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch finished sixth in a fine first appearance at the Indianapolis 500.

But today in Charlotte during the NASCAR Media Tour, Busch said that a second attempt at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – and with that, a second attempt at The Double of the “500” and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day – has not been discussed by him and team owners Tony Stewart and Michael Andretti.

“It’s nice to have Tony Stewart’s blessing to run Indy, and Michael Andretti giving me the access to come back to give it a shot, but it’s something we haven’t talked about,” Busch said during this afternoon’s presser for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“There’s been plenty of other things in this offseason to stay focused on.”

That’s certainly true for Busch, who is not only preparing for the 2015 season with new crew chief Tony Gibson but was involved recently in a courtroom hearing based on alleged assault charges from his ex-girlfriend.

As for Andretti, who fielded Busch’s Verizon IndyCar Series machine at last year’s “500,” he told FoxSports.com earlier this month that while Andretti Autosport’s main focus is on fielding a fourth car for the 2015 IndyCar season, there was still a chance for something to come together with Busch for the Month of May.

“He was a real professional and learned a lot to the point where I think he would be a real factor in the race if we put something together,” Andretti said in that interview. “He did a hell of a job last year without experience. Now, with one more year of experience, I think Kurt Busch could be a real factor in the Indianapolis 500 in 2015.”

Busch’s ride with Andretti for last year’s “500” was not announced until March, a little less than three months before the race. Going off of that, there’s still time for another deal to emerge this year – but obviously, that time is ticking away.

After finishing sixth in the “500,” Busch was whisked away to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. His bid to join teammate/boss Stewart as the only drivers to complete all 1,100 miles of the Double ended with engine failure on his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at Lap 274 of 400 – less than 200 miles from that mark.

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”