Stefan Wilson’s selflessness key to Alonso’s Indy 500 arrangement


Last year, Stefan Wilson made his debut in the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil as part of an entry supported by the Indiana Donor Network and Gap Guard, in an emotional entry. He’d always dreamed of racing in the event with older brother Justin, but that dream went away after Justin’s accident in August 2015 at Pocono Raceway.

Alas, Wilson held onto the third KV Racing Technology Chevrolet as best he could but was never in with a proper shout at success. He retired past the halfway mark with electrical issues.

Wilson, now 27, and his team were working towards a second appearance in the race this year and were close to a deal with Andretti Autosport. But just in recent days, this has changed, with a rather seismic announcement coming Wednesday morning that Fernando Alonso will be racing in this year’s event.

Wilson first poked a bit of fun at the announcement with his first tweet this morning:

He then expanded on it in a series of other tweets, to follow a story done overnight by NBCSN contributor Robin Miller for

More to come on this angle of the story on in the coming days.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.