After making comments regarding the differences between NASCAR and IndyCar attendance, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon tweeted late last night that he “never meant to take a shot at anyone.”
Further elaborating on the topic, he also tweeted: “I love #IndyCar just wanted to recognize how fortunate we are to get the crowds that we get in @NASCAR.”
Yesterday at Pocono, Gordon talked about his experience seeing the IZOD IndyCar Series race at the “Tricky Triangle” in July. After expressing his respect for how quick the IndyCars were, he then talked about how NASCAR should be grateful for the popularity it has compared to its open-wheel brethren.
“Sometimes we see the decline or something going flat and we are not seeing these grandstands filled up, but let me tell you, go to an IndyCar race and then a month or two weeks later and come back here,” said Gordon. “We better be very thankful for all the people we have here. It’s pretty amazing.”
Those words didn’t seem to sit well with Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin, the Brazilian said that he had been at both the ‘500’ and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and that the difference in the two events’ attendance “was the same shock” to him.
But the matter appears to have been amicably settled, as Kanaan has tweeted that he and Gordon had spoken earlier this morning.
“Nice talking to you this morning my friend @JeffGordonWeb. Good luck in Pocono,” he tweeted.
The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.
“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”
Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.
He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.
The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.
“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.
“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”
Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.
A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.