It’s looking like Adam Carroll could make Formula E debut in Berlin

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Arguably one of the most talented open-wheel drivers who never got a proper F1 chance, past A1GP champion and current FIA World Endurance Championship competitor Adam Carroll could be set to make his long-awaited FIA Formula E Championship debut at the Berlin ePrix later this month.

Carroll was listed on the FIA Formula E FanBoost website at Team Aguri, in place of Antonio Felix da Costa. Da Costa, the Portuguese ace, will miss the May 21 FE round because of his DTM commitments at the Red Bull Ring in Austria the same weekend.

A statement issued by Team Aguri to multiple media outlets, including MotorSportsTalk, reads as follows: “We will be making an announcement about our driver line up for the Berlin ePrix shortly. We have been in conversation with a number of drivers and will provide more information in due course.”

Team Aguri has been the busiest team in terms of driver changes this year and this one would put the team close to if not at capacity of the enforced limit this year. Da Costa and Nathanael Berthon started the year; Salvador Duran re-joined the team in place of Berthon after a couple rounds and Qing Hua Mua raced in the second car in place of Duran last round in Paris.

For Carroll, the chance to debut would come after nearly making his debut on two occasions in the same event at Buenos Aires. He was on standby for Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra, having also tested for the team last summer, and additionally had a seat fitting at DS Virgin to potentially stand-in for Jean-Eric Vergne.

Carroll’s North American open-wheel career also had two false starts; he was the planned injury stand-in for Justin Wilson in 2006 in Champ Car, before Wilson rallied to drive at Mexico City later that year. Ultimately Carroll made a pair of starts for Andretti Autosport in 2010.

This past weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, Carroll co-drove with Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright to a fifth place finish in the GTE-Am class in the No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR.

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.