Danica Patrick explains the complicated steering wheel used by IndyCar drivers

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During Carb Day practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, NBC Sports analyst and former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick had the chance to show viewers on NBCSN an up and close view of one of the complex steering wheels that IndyCar drivers use to pilot their cars.

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Holding a steering wheel used by Max Chilton, Patrick explained to viewers what many of the buttons and levers on the wheel were used for, and compared the steering wheel to the controls of a fighter jet. The overall setup of each steering wheel can vary from team to team to fit driver preferences.

Patrick mentioned that when she returned to the Indy 500 last year after spending several years in NASCAR, she was surprised to see new changes made to the steering wheel since she left the series in 2011.

“The first thing that was shocking to me was that there is no clutch pedal anymore. It’s just a clutch paddle,” Patrick told viewers as she held the steering wheel.

“It really helps to be very familiar with this, if you can memorize it.”

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Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.