Thompson wins on home soil. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

MRTI: Sunday race recaps from Toronto

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TORONTO – Three authoritative performances capped off the weekend for the Mazda Road to Indy, with the second races for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in Toronto.

In a similar performance to Saturday, talented young Swede Felix Rosenqvist led flag-to-flag from pole in the 45-lap, 50-minute 13th race of Indy Lights in his No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda. It’s his third win of the season, the first driver to do so this year, but by missing the Road America and Iowa rounds he’s out of the title picture.

Rosenqvist took the victory by 7.2614 seconds over Andre Negrao, who equalled his season-best result in the No. 17 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in second with Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) holding off Negrao’s SPM teammate Santiago Urrutia for the final podium position.

After a relatively uncompetitive weekend, Ed Jones finished fifth, but maintains his points lead. The Dubai-based Englishman leads Urrutia by 24 points (268-244).

The driver who had a tough day was Dean Stoneman, with a fuel leak taking the Andretti Autosport car out of the race before it even began.

Felix Serralles, meanwhile, survived a couple punctures to end 10th. Stoneman has 237 points with Serralles on 235 and Kaiser on 233 after his second podium finish of the weekend.

The Pro Mazda race followed a similar script as Saturday as well, with Wisconsinite Aaron Telitz winning his fourth consecutive race for Team Pelfrey.

Teammate Pato O’Ward, who won six of the first seven races this year, returned to the podium for the first time in nearly two months, when he won at Lucas Oil Raceway end of May.

The result leaves the pair of drivers tied on 297 markers heading to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a couple weeks.

Nico Jamin was third, banking his third straight podium finish for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

In USF2000, Parker Thompson snatched the lead from Cape teammate Anthony Martin – racing hurt with a sore left hand – and set sail for his fourth win of the season and a cool one to deliver on home soil.

Saturday winner Victor Franzoni completed the podium for ArmsUp Motorsports while Dakota Dickerson (Afterburner Autosport) and Robert Megennis (Team Pelfrey) banking strong top-five results.

All three series head to Mid-Ohio in a couple weeks for a pivotal weekend. For Pro Mazda and USF2000, it’s the second-to-last weekend of the year while Indy Lights also has Watkins Glen International to run before all three series crown their champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).