Conor Daly has revealed the new helmet design he will be using for this weekend’s IndyCar race in Toronto, honoring the regular no. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe.
Hinchcliffe suffered severe injuries after crashing in practice for the Indianapolis 500 last month, ruling him out for the remainder of the 2015 season.
The Canadian driver has made remarkable progress since his accident, and gave the command for drivers to start their engines at last weekend’s Firestone 600.
Hinchcliffe’s duties have been fulfilled by Conor Daly and Ryan Briscoe in the three races since his accident. Briscoe is poised to complete the season following Daly’s appearance in Toronto this weekend.
To honor Hinchcliffe at his home race in Canada, Daly revealed a special one-off helmet design that he will be using for the race weekend on Instagram and Twitter.
“We all wish @hinchtown could be racing this weekend so decided to do the best I could to keep him on track!” Daly wrote on Instagram.
Daly has replaced the regular black sections on his helmet with the colors of the Canadian flag and a number of red maple leaves. The “mini-hinch-Canadian-leprechaun” appears on the rear of Daly’s helmet, complete with Hinchcliffe’s regular lid.
After racing for Dale Coyne Racing at Long Beach earlier in the year, Daly has since made three starts for SPM in Hinchcliffe’s absence, scoring a best result of sixth place in Detroit two weeks ago.
Hinchcliffe has also confirmed on Twitter that he will be attending this weekend’s race in Toronto after gaining approval from his doctor.