Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team owner Barney Visser underwent successful bypass surgery Nov. 6 following a heart attack suffered two days earlier, according to a release from his Furniture Row Racing organization.
Visser will be unable to attend the final two races of the NASCAR Playoffs, Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) at Phoenix Raceway and the Nov. 19 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
His No. 78 Toyota team, with driver Martin Truex Jr., already has earned one of the available Championship 4 positions. Truex will compete for the championship along with Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) and a fourth driver to be determined Sunday in Phoenix.
According to the team, Visser said he was not feeling well and experienced numbness before checking into a hospital Nov. 4.
“It’s a chance of a lifetime to be in position to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship,” Visser said. “I hope to be in touch with Martin and Cole (Pearn, crew chief) leading up to Homestead and participate without too much excitement.”
Visser is expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the week or early next week.
A former paratrooper, Visser served 11 months in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War.
He became a NASCAR team owner in 2005 and fielded a team on a limited basis from 2005-07 before going full-time in 2008.
Regan Smith won Furniture Row’s first Monster Energy Cup Series race, at Darlington, in 2011. Truex, who became the team’s driver in 2014, has 12 wins, including seven this season.