Choi joins Ringel and Harvey (above) and 2 other SPM cars. Photos @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

SPM adds fifth Indy Lights car for Heamin Choi at Mazda Raceway

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will run a fifth Dallara IL-15 Mazda for Heamin Choi in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the team announced today.

The 31-year-old Korean driver, who will drive the team’s No. 21 entry, has past Mazda Road to Indy experience in Pro Mazda and USF2000 and has primarily raced GT cars in Asia. He made his U.S. circuit debut at Mazda Raceway in 2007.

“Since I am with one of the best teams, I am less worried about the car setup and race support, which allows me to concentrate on my performance,” Choi said in a team release. “I understand that other contenders have gained an advantage through competing in the full session, however it is amusing that I have competed with most of the contenders in USF2000 and Pro Mazda.

“Laguna Seca track was my debut track in 2007 for the pro racing in the USA so I am up for the challenge in my Indy Lights debut there. My goal for this week is to prepare by utilizing various resources and adapt to Indy Lights as fast as possible, and to perform with my best of effort.”

Choi joins the remaining four cars, which include title contenders Jack Harvey and RC Enerson, and additional shoes Scott Anderson and Ethan Ringel.

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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