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IndyCar: Four championship drivers play San Francisco tourists for a day prior to Sunday’s big race

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SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday is the big day for the four remaining contenders for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway.

But Wednesday was fun day for Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Will Power and Josef Newgarden, who along with about a dozen media members in tow took in the sights of San Francisco.

The quartet and media took a trolley car over the Golden Gate Bridge to Vista Point, which overlooks the City by the Bay’s downtown, as well as Alcatraz Island.

There, they took photos with the championship trophy that one of them will proudly take home Sunday night, indicative of being the 2018 IndyCar champion.

Interestingly enough, the trolley driver said she was a sportsman race car driver in her spare time.

From there, it was on to Fisherman’s Wharf, where the drivers took part in media interviews as well as had a local artist draw caricatures of themselves.

Will Power has been in the Bay area for more than a week, staying there with his family since last week’s closed test at Sonoma Raceway. He had an added bonus of sorts at Fisherman’s Wharf, seeing sea lions for the first time in his life.

Then it was on to a place where the four drivers really had to test their skills – at cracking hard-shell crabs. It wasn’t as easy as it looked for at least a couple of the drivers. Guess it’s easier to drive an open-wheel car at 220 mph.

The drivers then wrapped up the tour with some famous Ghirardelli chocolates and a nice lunch overlooking the harbor.

All four drivers were in good spirits, acted loose, laughed and smiled a lot, cracked jokes and even did a little bit of good-natured ribbing with each other.

Of course, Sunday will be totally different and all business.

Here are a few more photos of Wednesday’s activities:

Alexander Rossi showed some good proficiency cracking crabs.

 

 

Rossi, Newgarden and Power savor the crabs they cracked.
Sea lions sunning and enjoying the day alongside Fisherman’s Wharf. It was the first time Will Power had ever seen a sea lion.
Drivers getting some famous Ghirardelli chocolates.
Here’s the hardware the new champion will tote home after Sunday’s race.

 

 

 

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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