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IMSA releases entry list of 26 cars for its July 4 return to racing at Daytona

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There are 26 cars entered in the July 4 race at Daytona International Speedway that will mark IMSA’s return from a five-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The race will begin at 6:05 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN, the NBC Sports App and, as well as TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

The IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona will feature three of the series’ four classes. There are eight entries in the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) division, six in GT Le Mans (GTLM) and 12 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

With some teams having pulled out because of financial and logistical reasons, the car count is down from the DPi-GTLM-GTD races last year, which typically saw entries in the low 30s for races outside the Rolex 24 and Sebring International Raceway. There will be no LMP2 class at Daytona.

Click here to view the entry list for the July 4 race on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course at Daytona.

In January, there were 39 entries in the Rolex 24 at Daytona (down from 47 in 2019), which marked the smallest field in the race’s 58-year history (the previous low was 42 in 1962, the race’s second year).

IMSA has been on hiatus since the Rolex 24 on Jan. 25-26. A crowd of up to 5,000 will be permitted at Daytona for the series’ return July 4. After Daytona, IMSA will race July 18 at Sebring International Raceway, which also will mark the return of LMP2.

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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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.”