Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson spent Wednesday at the Arrow McLaren SP race shop in Indianapolis. He was fitted for a seat in an Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for an NTT IndyCar Series test at Barber Motorsports Park next month.
Johnson posted photos of his visit to the Arrow McLaren shop in Indianapolis on social media and confirmed that he would be testing one of the team’s Chevrolets.
A team spokesman for Arrow McLaren SP said, “Jimmie is a friend of the team and a world-class driver and, much like the ride-swap he did in a McLaren Formula One car with Fernando Alonso in 2018, Jimmie expressed an interest in trying an Indy car and we’re happy to oblige.”
Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward also posted about Johnson’s visit on his Instagram story (photo below).
Beyond testing the IndyCar, Johnson attended preseason testing at Circuit of the Americas last month and indicated that he wants to try racing IndyCar next season on road or street courses.
NBCSports.com has been told that nothing has been determined for next season and much of it will depend on how he likes the ride at the Barber test.
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”