IndyCar world weighs in on Super Bowl LI (VIDEO)

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The Atlanta Falcons led the New England Patriots 28-3 last night in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, and suddenly, it felt like a car that had a massive lead in the Indianapolis 500 or 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And if they lost, it would be a case of massive heartbreak.

And that’s what happened. In racing terms, this loss was probably on par with Michael Andretti’s engine woes having dominated the 1992 Indianapolis 500 or Toyota losing at Le Mans last year.

Both victories seemed uncertain but went begging in the dying stages. The ’92 500 is probably an even more apt racing-to-football comparison; with Andretti having lost the sure win, but the race the ending in the closest finish in race history after Al Unser Jr. edged Scott Goodyear. That was the Patriots then winning by six, 34-28, in a game they trailed by 25.

Here’s a few thoughts from the Verizon IndyCar Series world as it all went down last night.

First, we’re checking to make sure that Patriots fan and Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi has regained his breath:

Here’s some more from the IndyCar world:

There was also a lot of Lady Gaga support:

And lastly, this aired in Indianapolis and a couple other local markets, in a preview to the 101st Indianapolis 500 via this commercial from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It puts in perspective how much longer the ‘500 has gone on – that this year will be the 101st running and this was only the 51st Super Bowl.

Testing for the Verizon IndyCar Series goes fast and heavy this week, with Ed Carpenter Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports testing at Sonoma Raceway early this week before the open test Prix View on Friday and Saturday.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.