Martin Truex Jr. team owner Barney Visser recovering from heart attack, to miss final 2 races
Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser is recovering from successful surgery he had after suffering a heart attack last Saturday.
The team announced Friday that Visser underwent successful bypass surgery Monday. He is still hospitalized but is expected to be released by early next week.
As a result, Visser will miss the final two races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs. Visser's driver, Martin Truex Jr., has already clinched one of the four spots in the season-ending championship race Nov. 19 at Homestead.
According to a Furniture Row Racing release, Visser did not feel well and was experiencing numbness before he checked himself into a hospital last weekend.
Visser has been hailed for his work in making Furniture Row Racing one of the premier teams in NASCAR. The team began full-time operation in 2008, and despite being the only major NASCAR team located west of the Mississippi River, it has enjoyed success in NASCAR's top series. Truex has won seven races this year, and 12 in the past three seasons.
“It’s a chance of a lifetime to be in position to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship,” Visser said (via NASCAR.com). “I hope to be in touch with Martin and Cole (Pearn, crew chief) leading up to Homestead and participate without too much excitement.”