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.’’

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.