One year later: Hinchcliffe not only back at IMS, but stronger (VIDEO)

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This day last year, James Hinchcliffe’s life changed in ways he could have never imagined following a near-death accident in practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Today, one year later, Hinchcliffe is several days into practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in his No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda and has five races in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season under his belt.

Via Spyder Active, here’s another video – and a very powerful one – of Hinchcliffe’s recovery and comeback. You can view it above.

It’s one of a couple that have come out this year; NBCSN also did one prior to the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix in April, Hinchcliffe’s first oval start this season.

Hinchcliffe enters the Indianapolis 500 off a podium finish in Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, when he ended third.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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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.