Era Motorsport commits full time to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

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After winning the LMP2 class in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Era Motorsport has committed to running the entire 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Kyle Tilley and Dwight Merriman driving the No. 18 Oreca. Ryan Dalziel will join them for the three remaining North American Endurance Cup events.

Era Motorsport’s Rolex win came in just their second attempt at the Rolex 24.

“I’m thrilled to be able to announce our full-season effort,” said team owner and driver Tilley in a release. “Our season last year was cut short, but it looks like we’ll certainly be making up for the lost track time in 2021.

“We had a strong run in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, which was our first IMSA race as a team. This year, we won, which felt like an incredible feat considering how competitive the field was this year. It still hasn’t settled in yet.

“We had decided before the race that we’d enter the full season, and starting the season off with winning the biggest race of the year is just further motivation to run the entire schedule.”

Last year, Tilley and Era Motorsports competed in four IMSA events in a class that at times had only a handful of cars entered.

This year, the Rolex 24 featured 10 entries and Era Motorsport’s class victory was good enough for sixth overall. The competitiveness of this division could also be seen in the fact that the second place car in class finished on the same lap as the winner.

Additionally, Era Motorsport will compete in the Asian Le Mans Series with Tilley and Merriman. They will be joined there by Andreas Laskaratos. That series kicks off this weekend, February 13, at the Dubai Autodrome in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The next race on the IMSA schedule is the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 20, which is part of the four-race endurance championship mini-series that is part of the overall calendar.

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.