Chase Sexton to miss at least first two rounds of Supercross Indy

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Chase Sexton will miss the first two rounds of the Indianapolis Supercross residency, according to Honda Racing.

Sexton crashed while leading the second round at Houston on Jan. 19 and injured his right shoulder, forcing him to miss Round 3. Having missed one round already, Sexton’s hopes of winning the Supercross title in his rookie season were greatly diminished in the 17-round season.

Sexton’s right shoulder lacks the strength needed to compete for the next two rounds, but X-rays and MRI scans have been negative for fractures or tears. Sexton has been diagnosed with a contusion and strain of the right rotator cuff and scapula.

While the current plans are for Sexton to return for Round 6 (the final round of the three-race Indy residency), the team acknowledged the decision could change. Indianapolis is the track closest to Sexton’s birthplace of La Moille, Ill. – 250 miles northwest of the city.

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Should Sexton miss the entire Indianapolis schedule, the next race will be Feb. 13 in Orlando, the first of two races at Camping World Stadium.

“After my shoulder injury from Houston 2, I feel a little bit better,” said Sexton in a release. “I have range of motion back, but I’m still pretty weak in the shoulder. The MRI results came back good; it’s just a really bad strain and contusion in my right shoulder and shoulder blade.

“I wish I was racing this weekend in Indy, especially it being my home race, but my goal is to be back for Indy 3; that’s what we’re shooting for.

“I’m trying to gain strength in my shoulder because I don’t really want to come back unless I’m ready to go win—I want to be 100%. It’s going to be a tough one, but hopefully we can get back and start competing where we left off—in the lead. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody at the races. It’s a bummer I’m missing my home race, but I’m excited to be there next Saturday and finish off the season strong.”

Sexton’s teammate Ken Roczen currently holds the Supercross championship points lead by one over Justin Barcia.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”