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Bourdais leads Toronto warmup session

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TORONTO – Sebastien Bourdais’ strong weekend continues as the driver of the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet topped the 30-minute morning warmup session for today’s Honda Indy Toronto (2:30 p.m. ET, CNBC).

Bourdais’ best time was 1:01.2130, ahead of Honda runners Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal, with Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves completing the top five.

Polesitter Scott Dixon was only 16th in the session in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Meanwhile the Dale Coyne Racing crew for Conor Daly in his No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda will have a thrash to fix the right front suspension of his car, after Daly clipped the curb in Turn 5 and shot into the outside retaining wall.

The morning driver meeting did not produce a decision to move the start, and the field will run slowly through Turns 9, 10 and 11 before launching out of the corner and assembling into rows.

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Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”