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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.