Schedule diversity, fan access make IMSA unique

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America on NBCSN, Bryan Sellers dropped into the studio to chat with Dale Jarrett, Krista Voda and Steve Letarte about the upcoming IMSA season, which will be covered on the NBC family of networks beginning January 26, 2019.

“(IMSA) is significantly different that NASCAR races obviously. We have a very short schedule – 11 races – but I feel like the kind of impact we deliver in those races is high,” Sellers said.

Sellers races for Paul Miller Racing in the No. 48 Lamborghini in the GT Daytona series with co-driver Madison Snow.

The IMSA calendar ranges from races occurring over durations as short as a couple of hours to the twice around the clock epic 24 Hours of Daytona.

“It is neat because you cover so many different types of racing,” Sellers said. “We do go at night; we do race in the rain. We race on street courses. … We go from these big high banks of Daytona which is a shock the first time you do it. … The we go into literally city streets and race in between the walls. That is actually some of the best racing that we get to do.”

One other thing different about IMSA is the access fans have to the drivers and crews.

“One of the coolest things about what we get to do at IMSA is we get massive interaction with our fans,” Sellers continued. “We do open grids at the beginning of every single weekend and also open autograph sessions.

“If you have a ticket before the race starts, I think for roughly an hour or hour-and-a-half pre every race, it opens. All the cars are lined up there. All the drivers are there and it’s full access to all of us.”

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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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