Plenty of IndyCar drivers, folks making rounds at Daytona test

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s a two-day sports car test, and yet it feels as though an IndyCar race meeting has broken out.

To wit, here’s the IndyCar driver presence at Daytona International Speedway for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship test:

  • Sebastien Bourdais is here, ahead of an expected but not-yet-formally-confirmed endurance race role with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ford GT program.
  • The same story is true for Ryan Briscoe, expected to be confirmed as one of the full-season drivers for CGR. Briscoe did a sterling job in a fill-in role for the injured James Hinchcliffe the second half of the IndyCar season.
  • A key number of Ganassi’s IndyCar personnel, engineers and crew – as well as Sebastian Saavedra’s setup pad – are present as the team has its two-car Ford GT program off and rolling.
  • Fellow Frenchman Simon Pagenaud is here as well, filling Bourdais’ role as the de facto French IndyCar ace ringer at Action Express Racing. Pagenaud is in the team’s No. 31 Corvette DP, and if confirmed for the race, would be that car’s fourth driver along with Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Jonny Adam.
  • Jack Hawksworth is here with Starworks Motorsport, ahead of a planned race start in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Hawksworth ran with RSR Racing this past season. He’s also due to have formal confirmation shortly of his continuation with A.J. Foyt Enterprises.
  • Tristan Vautier is also here, and will test the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP.
  • Spencer Pigot, the Indy Lights champ, is testing the No. 70 Mazda Prototype.
  • Stefan Wilson, the young rising star who spent several years in Indy Lights, is here pounding the pavement seeking a ride. Wilson is now Silver-rated, and in theory should be more valuable to teams in the Pro-Am PC and GTD classes.
  • NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell makes his first testing appearance aboard the new Lamborghini Huracán GT3, a “house car” being shared by confirmed Lamborghini drivers.

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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