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James Hinchcliffe comments for the first time since losing IndyCar ride

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It’s been an incredible week of disappointment for James Hinchcliffe when news broke that he was being removed from his ride at Arrow McLaren Racing SP. It was officially announced on Wednesday morning that Pato O’Ward of Mexico and Oliver Askew of Jupiter, Florida – the past two Indy Lights champions – would be in the car next season.

The popular 31-year-old driver from Oakville, Ontario remains under contract to the team, but is free to pursue other driving options.

Thursday morning, Hinchcliffe offered his first public comment on his Twitter feed.

“It goes without saying the happenings of the last 48 hours have been difficult,” Hinchcliffe Tweeted. “We were shocked to learn we would not be in the #5 car for the 2020 season. Obviously it’s very late in the game, but my team is working flat out to try and salvage a full 2020 IndyCar campaign.”

The popular driver thanked his many race fans and supporters for their encouragement.

“The support from the Motorsports community has been overwhelming and is endlessly appreciated,” Hinchcliffe Tweeted. “We only get to do what we do because of the fans, and your passion is amazing.

“Disappointment aside, I still have my health, incredible family, friends and fans supporting me, and at the end of the day, there’s not much a little maple syrup and a Leafs game can’t fix.

“We’ve been kicked down before and came back stronger. This is simply our next fight.

“Challenge accepted.

“-Hinch”

IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.


IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close