Kurt Busch missed out on the Pocono Cup race after the concussion he suffered during after he crashed out in the qualifying round. The 23X1 Racing team replaced Kurt Busch with Ty Gibbs, the No:54 driver for JGR driving in the Xfinity series. Ty Gibbs was able to drive the No:45 Toyota Camry of Busch to a P16 finish Pocono and which suggests that it’s worth it to give him the chance to drive the car until Busch is back.
The 2004 cup champion had already secured his playoff spot after he won the Dover cup race and has been one of the most consistent Toyotas on the track this season contrary to his teammate Bubba Wallace who is fighting for that spot. There isn’t any clarity on when will Busch is making his return to the track but it’s true that he has missed some vital races in Indy and Pocono.
23X1 Racing’s statement on Kurt Busch staying out
23X1 Racing announced the decision of Kurt Busch not being cleared of racing in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR medical team and announced that Ty Gibbs will once again be filling in the spot for the veteran on Sunday. 23X1 Racing pointed out that Kurt Busch’s health is of utmost importance to them and is wishing him all the best for his return.
“Following medical evaluations after his wreck at Pocono Raceway last Saturday, Kurt Busch has not been cleared by the NASCAR medical team to return to competition this weekend at the Indianapolis Road course. Ty Gibbs will once again fill in for Kurt in the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD. Kurt’s health is of the utmost importance to the team, and we wish him all the best as he prepares for his return,” 23XI Racing said in a statement.
23X1 Racing team also acknowledged that Kurt Busch’s playoff spot will not get revoked as he is eligible to compete in it adding the team will not be making more statements on this matter saying “Kurt has been granted a medical waiver from NASCAR and remains eligible for the playoffs. The team will not be making any further comments about the matter at this time,”.
How Kurt Busch and Ty Gibbs reacted to the news
Kurt Busch reacting to him not getting cleared for the race acknowledged that he remains focused on his recovery to get back to the track as he is in constant communication with the NASCAR medical team as well as his team of doctors. He went on to say that he is thankful to the 23X1 team and the sponsors for sticking in with him and thanked Ty Gibbs for filling in for him at Pocono and suggested that he will do well in Indy too.
“After undergoing further medical evaluation this week, I have not been cleared to race Indy at this time. I remain dedicated to focusing on my recovery and getting back on track and will continue to work closely with NASCAR’s medical team and my own team of doctors,” Kurt Busch said.
“I’m thankful to 23XI and my sponsors for supporting me and also putting my health first, and to Ty for stepping in to race the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD. I am proud of his debut and know he will represent the 45 well again this weekend,” Kurt Busch added.
Ty Gibbs reacting to the opportunity given to him acknowledged that he is happy on having the shot at Indy but added that his thoughts are with Kurt Busch and his health as he is a good guy everyone wants to see back at the track. He went on to say that he liked road course racing and hopes to have a solid weekend at Indy and thanked owners Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan and added that he is still on the learning curve for this Sunday.
“I’m happy to help out 23XI Racing this week at Indianapolis, but again our thoughts are with Kurt and getting him healthy. He’s a good guy, and we all want him back soon. I like road course racing, and I think we’ll have a solid Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD this week. I think the goals are the same as last week – just to complete the race and learn all we can. I want to thank Denny [Hamlin] and M.J. [Michael Jordan] for the opportunity,” Ty Gibbs said.