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.
“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.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
Follow Dan Beaver on Twitter