NASCAR announced today that, effectively immediately, the indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch has been lifted. He is eligible to return to NASCAR racing under indefinite probation subject to additional mandatory requirements that include, but are not limited to, participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him.
The decision to lift the suspension was made by NASCAR after Kurt Busch:
1. Complied with all requirements in its reinstatement program;
2. Completed the mandatory behavioral assessment sessions; and
3. The behavioral health care expert who conducted the sessions recommended to NASCAR that Kurt Busch be allowed to return to competition.
NASCAR has also waived the requirement that a driver must compete in all championship events across the season to be eligible for Sprint Cup Chase.
“As we stated last week, the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. “We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement. He has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return.
“We have made it very clear to Kurt Busch our expectations for him moving forward, which includes participation in a treatment program and full compliance with all judicial requirements as a result of his off-track behavior.”
Not sure how much of a message this sends about NASCAR’s so-called intolerance for domestic violence. Kurt Busch’s punishment amounted to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.