Toronto flashback: Paul Tracy’s 1993 and 2003 anniversaries this year (VIDEO)

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We mentioned on Wednesday that Paul Tracy, one of Toronto’s all-time favorite racing sons, will be back in action this weekend on the streets around Exhibition Place in the Stadium Super Trucks series.

But this year marks not one, but two anniversaries for the Scarborough, Ontario native from his years racing in IndyCar.

Tracy’s 1993 season, when he went toe-to-toe with then-reigning Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell to battle for the CART championship, included one of his most memorable wins on the streets of Toronto. You can see the finish of that below.

Ten years later, Tracy followed up that first CART win with a dominant tour de force from pole in 2003, over Michel Jourdain Jr. and Bruno Junqueira. It was Tracy’s fourth win of the 2003 season, and helped propel him toward his eventual first championship.

Without “PT” in the field for the second straight year, the torch has firmly been passed to Alex Tagliani, a veteran of open-wheel’s top series since 2000, and James Hinchcliffe, self-proclaimed “Mayor of Hinchtown,” as Canada’s home hopes in front of the rabid Canadian fan base.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.