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Ex-Moore Formula Ford a cherished piece of history for Hinchcliffe

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The more we get to learn about IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe, we find there’s still more about him that we don’t know.

It’s what makes Hinchcliffe so unique and such a fan favorite.

Dan Proudfoot wrote a great piece Monday in Toronto’s The Globe & Mail about Hinchcliffe and fellow Canadian and lifelong hero, the late CART racer Greg Moore.

Moore was killed at the age of 24 in a crash in the 1999 CART season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

While Moore’s death devastated Hinchcliffe and millions of his fellow Canadians, it also gave Hinchcliffe some solace from one of his fondest memories of Moore that occurred just 3 ½ months before the latter’s death.

It was during race weekend at the 1999 Molson Indy in Toronto that the-then 12-year-old Hinchcliffe waited patiently outside Moore’s transporter – three hours, in fact – in hopes his Canadian idol would autograph a steering wheel Hinchcliffe had in-hand.

“He was super kind,” Hinchcliffe said of Moore to Proudfoot. “Now, knowing from experience how stressful that time at the track can be, especially at a Canadian race, I’m all the more impressed that he couldn’t have been nicer, more courteous. I thought at the time, I’d been right to choose him as my hero.”

Incidentally, Hinchcliffe’s father, Jeremy, had secretly purchased the Van Diemen RF91 Formula Ford that Moore won rookie-of-the-year honors in the 1991 Esso Protec F1600 championship.

Somehow, even though his father’s purchase was a secret, James managed to get a hold of the steering wheel from Moore’s 1991 race car.

That signed steering wheel remains one of the Mayor of Hinchtown’s prized possessions. And he and his father both still own Moore’s race car, that is in storage in Bethany, Ontario.

“I just don’t think I’ll ever race Greg’s Formula Ford again,” Hinchcliffe told Proudfoot. “There’s too much sentimental value in it at this point.”

In addition to the Formula Ford, Hinchcliffe has a significant collection of Moore memorabilia that he’s collected over the years, including a driver’s suit, gloves, shoes, trophies and more. Hinchcliffe’s 2012 Indianapolis 500 qualifying run, his first with Andretti Autosport and second overall, saw him carry a pair of Moore’s trademark red gloves with him en route to qualifying second on the grid.

“This car should go to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame,” Hinchcliffe told Proudfoot.

The CMHF has not built a permanent structure yet, so another option would be to potentially give Moore’s 1991 racer to the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, which houses a permanent display about Moore and his life.

Click here to read Proudfoot’s entire story about Hinchcliffe and his hero, Greg Moore.

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Dakar Rally Stage 13: Carlos Sainz has second overall victory in sight

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Editor’s note: Check out expanded video highlights of Stage 13 Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carlos Sainz is nearing his second Dakar Rally victory while Nasser Al-Attiyah strengthened his bid for second by winning Friday’s 13th stage of the endurance race.

Sainz finished sixth in his Team Peugeot ride and holds a lead of 46:18 over Al-Attiyah’s Toyota.

“I tried to play it safe, even if there were plenty of tricky parts,” said Sainz, who won the Dakar Rally in 2010 but had failed to finish the past five races because of mechanical problems. “Since the start, there has been a lot of drama in this race and it’s not over until we’ve crossed the finishing line. It’s not a crazy Dakar, but it’s very difficult. I hope everything will go OK (Saturday).”

Defending race winner Stephane Peterhansel is in fourth overall, trailing by 1:28:08 after crashing and finishing 20th in the penultimate stage. The Frenchman has a record 13 overall wins in the Dakar but is unlikely to earn another despite rebounding well from a crash in the seventh stage that had knocked him from the overall lead.

In other divisions, Eduard Nikolaev (trucks), Matthias Walkner (motorcycles), Ignacio Casale (Quads) and Reinaldo Varela (SxS UTV) are on the cusp of capturing overall wins entering the final stage.

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STAGE 13 RESULTS, CARS

  1. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota, 5:02:22
  2. Argentina’s Lucio ALvarez, Toyota, 5:13:38
  3. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota: 5:15:28
  4. Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, X-Raid, 5:17:29
  5. Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen, X-Raid, 5:21:46

OVERALL 

  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  2. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 46:18 behind
  3. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, 1:20:00 behind
  4. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 1:28:08 behind
  5. Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, 2:46:32 behind

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TRUCKS

  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, Kamaz, 5:59:02
  2. Russia’s Airat Mardeev, 5:59:52
  3. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, Tatra, 6:05:08
  4. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich, 6:26:47
  5. Czech Republic’s Dmitry Sotnikov, 6:31:56

OVERALL 

  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  2. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich, 3:53:59 behind
  3. Russia’s Airat Mardeev, 5:21:05
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, 9:01:18
  5. Czech Republic’s Dmitry Sotnikov, 10:04:29

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MOTORCYCLES

  1. Australia’s Toby Price, KTM, 4:48:33
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, Honda, 4:50:36
  3. France’s Antoine Meo, KTM, 4:51:17
  4. Austria’s Matthias Walkner, KTM, 5:00:05
  5. Spain’s Juan Pedrero Garcia, 5:03:45

AMERICAN RIDERS

15th: Mark Samuels (Honda), 5:19:40

18th: Shane Esposito (KTM), 5:27:14

37th: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 5:58:14

68th: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 7:16:00

OVERALL 

  1. Austria’s Matthias Walkner
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, 22:31 behind
  3. Australia’s Toby Price, 27:45
  4. France’s Antoine Meo, 50:17
  5. Spain’s Gerard Farres, 1:01:19

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QUADS

  1. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, 5:55:16
  2. Paraguay’s Nelson Augusto Sanabria Galeano, 5:58:34
  3. Chile’s Ignacio Casale, 5:59:19
  4. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, 6:02:22
  5. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, 6:02:23

OVERALL

  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, 1:37:16 behind
  3. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, 2:05:12
  4. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, 4:25:26
  5. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez, 4:34:37

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SxS UTV

  1. France’s Patricie Garrouste, Polaris, 6:29:40
  2. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 6:39:39
  3. France’s Claude Fournier, Polaris, 7:33:17
  4. Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, Polaris, 7:41:200

OVERALL 

  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  2. France’s Patricie Garroueste, 53:28 behind
  3. France’s Claude Fournier, 10:02:12
  4. Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, 10:06:01

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SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

Champions in all five classes will be crowned Saturday after the 14th and final stage concludes in Cordoba, Argentina.

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