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Sean Rayhall makes Indy Lights return with Pelfrey in Monterey

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Sean Rayhall won twice in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires last year and also made the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; he’ll have an opportunity to repeat the Mazda Raceway feat this weekend.

The talented 21-year-old Georgia native will step back into the second Team Pelfrey Dallara IL-15 Mazda, essentially with the same team and personnel he worked with last year when it was 8Star Motorsports. This was also a track where Rayhall starred in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2014, in an 8Star Prototype Challenge class car.

Rayhall adds an Indy Lights car to his diverse range of machinery he’s driven this year, which has also included the DeltaWing prototype, a Starworks Motorsport PC car, a Graff Ligier JS P3 LMP3 car in Europe and, most outside the box, a 360 winged sprint at Plymouth Speedway outside of Road America.

“I am extremely excited to return to Indy Lights this time with Team Pelfrey IL even though it’s the same group of guys,” Rayhall said.

“It’s been a busy year for me and I am blessed to add this [Indy] Lights weekend to the schedule. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has always been a great place for me as a driver and I hope to deliver a good result for Dale [Pelfrey] and the rest of the team.”

Team manager Gary Neal expanded on the team running two cars for the first time since Toronto, the last weekend for Juan Piedrahita then alongside Garett Grist. Grist continues once again but has run as a solo act at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Watkins Glen International.

“We are excited to work with Sean again as we have had two seasons together at 8Star Motorsports and with the help of our engineer, Yves Touron we achieved several wins and many podium finishes,” Neal said. “It will be very beneficial having two cars and being able to compare notes from both drivers and to find good setup for the final two races.”

Dean Wilson out for the remainder of the 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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