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IMSA driver Michael Johnson recovering from broken tibia, fibula suffered in Roar Before the 24

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IMSA released an update Monday on the condition of driver Michael Johnson, who was injured in a crash Saturday during the Roar Before the 24 weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson, driver of the No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports, was involved in a crash in Turn 6.

According to an IMSA news release, Johnson was removed from his wrecked vehicle and transported by ambulance to Florida Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a broken right tibia and fibula.

Johnson is still hospitalized but is awake, alert and in good spirits, the IMSA release stated. Because of his injuries, he will be unable to take part in the Rolex 24 on Jan. 27-28 at Daytona International Speedway.

“In true Michael Johnson spirit, (he’s) looking forward to getting back in the car in the coming months,” the release said.

Johnson, 24, has been paralyzed from the chest down since being injured in a motorcycle crash at the age of 12. However, he has continued to build a racing career in the IMSA series piloting a car with hand controls.

There were no other major incidents or injuries during the three-day Roar Before the 24.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.