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Newgarden listed, but not yet confirmed, to drive at Road America

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The entry list is out for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America and the most intriguing part of it revolves around the No. 21 Direct Supply Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.

A one Josef Newgarden is listed in the No. 21 car.

If he drives, it would be an impressive feat following his collarbone and hand injuries sustained last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in an accident with Conor Daly. Newgarden was released from the hospital shortly after the accident.

That being said, Newgarden has not yet been cleared to drive by INDYCAR, and the driver entered for the car could still be changed by the team.

Per a team spokesperson, Newgarden could still drive this week.

Newgarden has hinted he’d like to drive in text messages both to this reporter and to NBCSN contributor Robin Miller, who expanded in a separate piece for RACER.com.

A further decision is expected later this week regarding whether Newgarden or designated fill-in JR Hildebrand will be racing this weekend in the No. 21 car.

Hildebrand will be going to Road America either way, the team spokesperson confirmed. Hildebrand tested with the team last week.

Newgarden currently sits fourth in IndyCar points and has two third-place finishes (Barber Motorsports Park, Indianapolis 500) as his best result this season.

Here’s confirmation of the above from the team:

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).