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Jarett Andretti picks up new major sponsor for second year in PWC

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It’s been a busy year for Jarett Andretti. In addition to spending his rookie season in the Pirelli World Challenge TCR class, he also competed in over 50 sprint car races.

Now, the son of former racer John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti, cousin of IndyCar driver Marco Andretti, nephew of IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti and great-nephew of legendary Mario Andretti, is gearing up for an even busier 2019 race season.

He’ll move to the new Pirelli World Challenge GT4 America Series (formerly PWC GTS/GTSA Series) with a new primary sponsor making its debut in motorsports sponsorship, Endurance Warranty Services, one of the largest providers of vehicle service contracts in the U.S.

Andretti will serve as the company’s primary spokesman through national TV ads, PR, digital and social media.

“On the track, this partnership will continue to help me develop as a driver,” Andretti said in a media release. “The Pirelli World Challenge Series offers competitive racing with championship-caliber teams and drivers.

“It makes you push hard each lap and I enjoy that. I’ve had fun learning and racing the different tracks, too. I just feel that sports car racing helps you become an overall better driver.

“Now having Endurance behind us, we know that we’ll have the proper planning and funding to make a championship run next year.”

The 26-year-old Indianapolis resident has won championships in go-karts, the USAC Eastern Ignite Pavement Midget Series, the 410 Sprint Car division at the Lawrenceburg Speedway and is also an Indiana Sprint Car Series champion.

In addition, Andretti was the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and a former Rookie of the Year at the Oswego Speedway in the supermodified class.

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Dean Wilson out for rest of 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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