After being given permission to travel to Canada this weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto, organizers have announced that James Hinchcliffe will act as the race’s Grand Marshal and give the start command to drivers.
Hinchcliffe suffered severe injuries in an accident during practice for the Indianapolis 500 in May, but has since made remarkable progress and was able to give the start command for last weekend’s Firestone 600.
Despite being ruled out for the rest of the season as a result of his injuries, Hinchcliffe’s doctors have said that he can travel to Toronto for his home race where he will be the Grand Marshal for the weekend.
“We are very excited to have James as Grand Marshal,” said Charlie Johnstone, president of the Honda Indy Toronto.
“Although he is unable to race, it is important to us, and to him, that he is involved in the race in some capacity, being as this is his home town event.”
Hinchcliffe said in a statement that he felt honored to be fulfilling the role for the weekend, even if he is unable to race in front of his home fans.
“I’m looking forward to being back home in Canada and attending the Honda Indy Toronto with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this weekend,” he said.
“It will be a strange feeling for me not lining up on the grid this year, but being the Grand Marshal is a role I’m honoured to fulfil and I’m excited that I’ll play a role in the proceedings on Sunday.”
Earlier today, Conor Daly confirmed that he would be racing with Canadian colors on his helmet for the weekend as he steps in for Hinchcliffe in the no. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car.