Penske Racing issued an apology on Tuesday for Kurt Busch's actions toward ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch in Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
While Busch was waiting to be interviewed by Punch after he was forced out of the race by a transmission problem, he angrily cursed at the veteran reporter unahppy he was being forced to wait for the segment.
A YouTube video capturing the exchange (WARNING! Language) was posted prompting Penske to release the statement:
Penske Racing extends its apologies to Dr. Jerry Punch, our media partners and our sponsors and fans for Kurt Busch's inappropriate actions in Homestead on Sunday. These actions do not represent Penske Racing and are inconsistent with the company's standards for behavior, respect for others and professionalism. This matter is being reviewed internally with no further comment at this time.
Busch issued a statement of his own late Thursday afternoon:
Unfortunately, our result in the season-ending race at Homestead on Sunday was not what we had hoped for as a team. In my frustration with the loss of my transmission early in the race, I let my emotions get the better of me. I regret having done this and apologize to the sponsors of Penske Racing , to NASCAR, its fans, to the media and in particular, Dr. Jerry Punch.”
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