IndyCar drivers either ride-hunting in Daytona, or awaiting their own testing

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The Roar Before the Rolex 24 test already features a wealth of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers on hand, with 13 of the 33 starters in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 already competing.

But there are more. A bevy more.

Indeed brothers Justin and Stefan Wilson, Josef Newgarden and Tristan Vautier, and potentially more, are all on the ground here in Daytona trying to find rides for the race.

Although there is a car count reduction, the bigger issue for this quartet and a number of others is the reduced number of paid opportunities – regardless of class.

As for several of the drivers with confirmed rides, MotorSportsTalk checked in with them to see when they’ll be getting back to their day jobs.

Graham Rahal are Jack Hawksworth are expected to test in early February, with Hawksworth telling MST he will be one of a bevy of drivers testing at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Newgarden, too, is also set for early February testing with CFH Racing. The identity of Newgarden’s road and street course teammate at CFH is still yet to be determined.

Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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