Daly to honor Hinchcliffe in Toronto with helmet design

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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.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.