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Pruett headlines 2017 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductees

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The seven-member class for the 2017 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America has been revealed on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

The new group includes five-time Rolex 24 champion Scott Pruett, who was present for the announcement and will race this year in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, driving the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 in the GT Daytona class.

“This is exciting and humbling, and I’m not sure it’s entirely sunken in yet,” Pruett said. “There’s so many great things about coming to Daytona, and now being part of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. I’m honored to be a part of this and can’t wait to come back to be part of the festivities with this great class.”

Others include sprint car legend Steve Kinser, three-time Daytona 200 motorcycle champion Dick Klamfoth, two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions Terry Labonte and Herb Thomas, drag racing and land-speed record pioneer Paula Murphy and multi-faceted legend Brock Yates.

This year’s class will be inducted on June 28 in Daytona Beach, during the 29th annual MSHFA induction ceremony.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.