Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti will be working even closer in 2019. Photo: Andretti Autosport

Marco Andretti to have ‘enhanced role’ with No. 98 team in 2019

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In a sense, IndyCar driver Marco Andretti will be wearing a management hat under his racing helmet during the upcoming 2019 IndyCar Series season.

Andretti Autosport announced Thursday that the grandson of legendary Mario Andretti and son of team primary owner Michael Andretti will take “an enhanced role in the No. 98 team’s entry” in 2019.

As a result, the team is changing its name to Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian.

“I’m happy and proud to invest back into the team that I have been with for 13 seasons and counting,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “I truly believe this is the best team out there and I’m looking forward to a fun, competitive future with the U.S. Concrete No. 98 family.”

The third-generation Andretti family racer’s enhanced role will not be as a part-owner, but rather as a “partner,” according to a team spokesperson, meaning that in addition to racing, he’ll likely also be more involved in the business and management side of the No. 98 team.

“I’m proud to see Marco looking beyond the racing seat and taking a vested interest in not just his car entry, but the future of motorsport that can one day take him beyond his driving career,” Michael Andretti said. “Marco has many driving years ahead of him and many victories yet to come but is continuing to see the big picture of racing and that will in turn make him a stronger competitor all around.”

Andretti finished ninth in the 2018 IndyCar Series standings, his best season finish since back-to-back ninth-place finishes in 2014 and 2015. His best finishes in 2018 were fourth  at Belle Isle I (where he also earned his first pole since 2013) and fifth in the season-ending race at Sonoma.

Andretti Autosport will return for 2019 with its driving lineup intact from 2018, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Zach Veach, in addition to Marco in the satellite Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian entry.

The 2019 IndyCar Series opens March 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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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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