Hunter-Reay leads Toronto IndyCar practice

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A pair of Americans led the IZOD IndyCar Series timesheets for its only weekend north of the border this year, as defending Honda Indy Toronto winner Ryan Hunter-Reay edged Josef Newgarden in IndyCar’s 90-minute lone practice before qualifying.

Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 1 DHL Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport, lapped the 1.755-mile street circuit in 1:00.6082, with Newgarden in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda next up at 1:00.6851.

Ryan Briscoe (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet) had his best session of the season in third, 1:00.6890, ahead of rookie Tristan Vautier and Marco Andretti. Vautier returns to orange, red and black Visit Florida colors for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports after four weekends in the blue and white of Coastal.com for the No. 55 Honda.

Canadians James Hinchcliffe and Alex Tagliani clocked in 11th and 14th on home soil. Mike Conway, returning in Dale Coyne Racing’s second car, was only 23rd of 24 cars.

Most of the session was spent practicing standing starts in preparation for race one of the weekend on Saturday, while Sunday’s race will have rolling starts.

There were two red flags, one for Will Power stopped in Turn 3, and the second for Dario Franchitti after he brushed the wall in Turn 5 and stopped in Turn 6.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.