Indy Lights: Brabham back for Andretti; 8Star likely out for Long Beach

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One of the two one-off entries that raced in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season opener will be back for Long Beach this weekend, with Andretti Autosport confirming Tuesday that Matthew Brabham will make another start in the team’s No. 83 Stellrecht Company Dallara IL15-Mazda.

“I am incredibly happy and grateful to be heading to Long Beach, a big thanks must go to Bob Stellrecht for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” said Brabham. “I am confident we will be right up there at the top and fighting competitively.

“The team has been doing a great job and we were constantly learning and improving the car at St Pete. It is an awesome race car and I couldn’t imagine anything better than muscling it around the wall jungle of Long Beach.”

Brabham finished third in last year’s Long Beach race.

Unfortunately for Brabham’s St. Petersburg sparring partner Scott Hargrove, it appears unlikely that his Florida-based 8Star Motorsports team will make the trip out west to Long Beach.

Per a source to MotorSportsTalk, neither driver nor team was able to find the necessary funding to make the trip.

Assuming there isn’t an 11th-hour deal, it will leave the field at 12 cars for Long Beach. However, there is the prospect of one Indy Lights team announcement occurring at Long Beach, which would add to the field going forward.

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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