MRTI: Daniel Burkett takes humorous look on the search for sponsorship (VIDEO)

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First off, I’m not sure how I’m just seeing this now. And second, James Hinchcliffe may have a new heir (or hair) apparent in terms of quirky Canadians on the North American open-wheel ladder making a name for themselves thanks to self-deprecating YouTube videos.

You see, before Hinchcliffe became a Verizon IndyCar Series race winner and one of the series’ most popular drivers, the Toronto native did things like go through the Formula Atlantic paddock and give people a taste of a Johnsonville bratwurst (Road America, 2008), have one of his Indy Lights crew members eat a giant sandwich (2009), and take a bath in his sister’s dog washing machine (2010).

The quirkiness made Hinchcliffe’s name more well known beyond his on-track ability, which he honed and developed over five years and then parlayed into his rookie season in IndyCar in 2011, where he was rookie-of-the-year in a deep, six-driver class.

With that as a backdrop, meet Winnipeg native and redhead Daniel Burkett, who is in his second season on the Cooper Tire USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with Belardi Auto Racing.

Burkett takes us on a quick ride of the process for how to search for sponsorship. Is it reality? No. But is it close to reality? Yep, sure is.

See if you think “Danny Burks” has what it takes in the quirky Canadian department to match up to “Hinch.” We look forward to seeing more of these videos as the year progresses.

And good news already for Burkett is that this video is Hinchcliffe-approved:

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Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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Christian Craig, elbow
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee | Signs two-year extension
Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb,
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Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
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Jalek Swoll, arm | returned at Pala