Forgettable IndyCar Classic for Ganassi drivers

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Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas did not go quite as planned for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon started the race in fifth and sixth place respectively, but neither driver would leave COTA with a satisfying result.

While neither really challenged for the lead during the 60-lap race, they still ran inside the top ten for the majority and appeared to be up for decent finishes.

That all changed when Rosenqvist and James Hinchcliffe clashed at Turn 19 on lap 44. After using the wide runoff area at the corner, Hinchcliffe struck the back of Rosenqvist’s No. 10 machine, sending it directly into the inside barrier.

The rookie driver, who turned heads after qualifying third and leading 31 laps en route to a fourth place finish in the season opener in St. Petersburg, was immediately out of contention and finished the race 23rd, five laps down.

Rosenqvist’s accident also brought out the first and only caution of the race, which was disastrous for the leaders of the race that hadn’t pitted yet – a group that included Dixon. Forced to pit under yellow, Dixon came out in mid-pack and could only advance to 13th by the finish.

“It wasn’t our best race with the PNC Bank team. I’m really not sure what to say about it. I’m pretty frustrated and not sure what else to say,” Dixon said.

With the poor results, both drivers dropped in the points standings. Dixon fell one spot to third and Rosenqvist fell from fourth to a tie with Jack Harvey in 10th place.

But the 2019 IndyCar season is still a young one, and both drivers hope to have their luck turn around in the next race on the schedule, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7 at Barber Motorsports Park.

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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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