WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 4:30 p.m. ET wraps up NASCAR Media Tour

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The NASCAR Media Tour wound down on Thursday, but NASCAR AMERICA’s coverage from Charlotte continues today with a one-hour, live show that starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Here is what’s on tap for today’s show, with Leigh Diffey in studio and Kyle Petty in Charlotte:

  • Our coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Charlotte Media Tour continues today with big news as Hendrick Motorsports officially announced that Chase Elliott will take over for Jeff Gordon in the 24 car after Gordon finishes his final NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2015.
  • A proud week for the Elliott family (and great timing, per our Nate Ryan), Chase’s father Bill Elliott discusses his own accomplishments as he prepared to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks to our reporters about Greg Ives, the ninth different crew chief of his career.
  • Richard Childress Racing’s boys talk to us after their day at media day. Ryan Newman searches for his first win with RCR; Paul Menard has not won since the 2011 Brickyard 400, and Austin Dillon discusses his rookie season and what he hopes to improve.
  • Jamie McMurray joined his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona last week. Teammate Kyle Larson was last year’s rookie of the year, and our reporters caught up with another member of the winning Rolex team.
  • With only 24 days left until the 2015 Daytona 500, the Jeff Gordon theme continues.  We look back on Gordon’s most recent Daytona 500 victory, 10 years ago in 2005, which marked the last time any driver has won the race three times.

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Wickens undergoes successful surgery

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Just days after successfully piloting an Acura NSX around Toronto’s Exhibition Palace street course, Robert Wickens has undergone a successful surgery operation to remove hardware from his leg after a previous infection had returned, the 30-year-old Canadian revealed on social media Wednesday.

“Spinal Cord injury has such highs and lows,” Wickens said in an Instagram post prior to surgery. “One day I’m in the NSX driving the hand controlled car, and the next day I’m getting ready for surgery. Life is so unpredictable!”

Fortunately, the surgery went well for Wickens, as he later announced that his surgery had no complications. Wickens will now start six weeks of IV antibiotics before he returns to a full rehab program.

“One piece (there’s a lot) of the hardware had an infected screw,” Wickens wrote. “All hardware in my leg was removed.”

Wickens is currently recovering from spinal fracture sustained in an IndyCar crash at Pocono Raceway last August. Since his crash and diagnosis, Wickens has openly documented his recovery process through social media.

Wickens returned to the INDYCAR paddock for the first time since his accident at the season-opener in St. Petersburg in March, and his laps behind the wheel in Toronto last weekend marked the first time he had driven in public since his accident.

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