Kurt Busch to miss Indy; Ty Gibbs back in No. 45 Cup car

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Kurt Busch will miss his second consecutive Cup race after suffering what he previously called “concussion-like symptoms” after a crash in qualifying last weekend at Pocono Raceway. Ty Gibbs will drive the No. 45 car this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

23XI Racing announced Wednesday that Busch has not been cleared by the NASCAR medical team to compete this weekend.

Busch is the first driver to miss any Cup races this season because of an injury.

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In a statement, 23XI Racing said: “Kurt’s health is of the utmost importance to the team, and we wish him all the best as he prepares for his return.”

The team also stated that Busch has received a medical waiver from NASCAR and remains eligible for the playoffs. Busch earned that spot with his victory at Kansas in May.

The 19-year-old Gibbs made his Cup debut last weekend at Pocono in the No. 45 Cup car for Busch. Gibbs finished 16th.

Gibbs said last weekend that the biggest change from Xfinity to Cup was “just the dirty air and how bad that affects you. Just being able to make sure I was getting out far enough. I was a little bit tight all day, so just trying to get front turn and trying to get more center turn which would help me. It was a learning day. I felt like I learned a lot.”

Gibbs said on Wednesday’s MotorMouths on Peacock that he’s had good sessions in the simulator preparing for this weekend.

“I’m very excited to make my second Cup start,” Gibbs said on the show.

He said the biggest hurdle for this weekend will be getting through the chicane in Turns 5 and 6 quickly.

“Hopefully, we can have a good run and maybe break (into) the top 10,” Gibbs said.

Sunday’s Cup race on the Indy road course airs at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.