Joey Crown injured in “freak accident” while practicing at ClubMX

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A “freak accident” while riding at the ClubMX facility in Chesterfield, S.C. interrupted Joey Crown’s offseason practice and canceled a trip to the Supercross de Paris as he heals in the hospital.

“Well my ‘Cool Announcement’ I mentioned in my last post didn’t go as I had planned,” Crown said on Instagram. “The post was going to be about how excited I was to travel across the pond to race the Supercross de Paris … but while practicing in South Carolina at ClubMX the Sunday before the 2021 Paris Supercross I crashed on my dirt bike.

“It was a 99.9% freak accident / collision with another rider. I suffered multiple fractures and I am still in the hospital having procedures to fix things. Thank you all for the continued prayers!! I am progressing every day so keep the prayers coming!! I will try my best to keep everyone updated.”

It is the latest in a series off accidents that has plagued Crown’s full introduction into the Supercross / Motocross field for a rider who is widely considered to be one of the top new prospects.

Crown’s debut came in the July 2019 Spring Creek Motocross race in Millville, Minn. where he finished 22nd overall. But concussions in 2020 and 2021 limited him to only three Supercross and 10 Motocross races.

In 2020 and 2021, Crown raced for ClubMX Yamaha where he scored top-10s in his first two starts. He suffered an injury soon after in a press day preceding Round 3 that ended his 2020 season. He completed eight of the nine Motocross races later that year and finished 20th in the 250 standings.

After finishing 13th in the 2021 season-opener in Orlando, Crown crashed the following week in the Daytona Supercross race and remained sidelined for the rest of the season.

Earlier this fall, Crown announced he would not return to the Club MX team. In November, he posted on Instagram that he would join the Andiamo MX Racing team.

Kevin Moranz replaced Crown for the Paris Supercross and finished third.

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AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”