Kurt Busch reasserts what he said about ex: “What I said was under oath”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch didn’t back down Tuesday from his testimony about ex-girlfirend Patricia Driscoll but said he didn’t know when a decision would be made in the protective hearing case.

Busch has been a part of national headlines after testifying earlier this month that he believed Driscoll was a trained assassin. He also stated that she repeatedly asserted she was and claimed the work took her on missions across Central and South American and Africa.

Busch reasserted his claim Tuesday: “What I said was under oath.’’

Busch was not as definitive on other matters during the NASCAR Sprint Cup media tour. Dover Police have investigated a claim of domestic abuse by Busch against Driscoll and submitted the report to the state’s attorney general. No decision has been made if to seek charges against Busch. The protective hearing against Busch was held in December and earlier this month and is awaiting a judge’s decision. A decision is expected any time.

“We just have to wait on the decision from the Dover Police department and the investigation that is still ongoing,’’ Busch said. “We’ll see how that all turns out.’’

NASCAR has not reacted against Busch.

“We’re continuing to monitor the situation with Kurt, and we’re going to let the facts play out,’’ said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, echoing comments NASCAR Chairman Brian France has said since November.

Car owner Gene Haas defended Busch and said the team does not have a contingency plan to replace him.

Driscoll described Busch as alcoholic and depressed in court testimony. Haas questioned that characterization.

“Every time I’ve been with Kurt Busch at dinner I’ve never seen him drink,” Haas said. “I never saw that personally. I think he’s a stable person, he’s a fun person to be around.’’

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.