Alex Zanardi and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Jesse Krohn experienced trouble changing steering wheels early in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
As Zanardi climbed into the car for his first stint at about the 90-minute mark, the car appeared to drop from the jack as he was securing the steering wheel, which may have contributed to the issues. Zanardi lost a lap while getting the steering wheel to respond.
“My steering wheel was dead, not connected to the car,” Zanardi said on the NBC Sports App. “I was ready to jump out of the car, and it would have been the shortest stint of my life.”
At the end of Zanardi’s stint, Krohn also experienced trouble and brought out a full-course caution at the 2-hour, 43-minute mark when the car lost power at pit exit.
The team was able to effect repairs in the garage and reentered the race six laps behind the class leader.
“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.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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