Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe is in a stable condition in hospital following his horror shunt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but won’t be back in the Verizon IndyCar Series any time soon.
Hinchcliffe was taken to the IU Health Methodist Hospital yesterday after a component in his front suspension failed and he slammed into the wall at turn three.
Racer.com’s Marshall Pruett confirmed from sources at the track that the injuries to Hinchcliffe – confined to the pelvic area and upper thigh – occurred when a piece of the suspension wishbone went through the cockpit and through the Canadian’s right leg before impaling his left thigh.
Thankfully the Mayor of Hinchtown’s condition is improving after surgery on his injuries by Dr. Timothy Pohlman, Senior Staff Trauma Surgeon at the hospital.
He said: “Hinchcliffe’s condition was critical upon his arrival and I think the IndyCar system as a whole needs to be commended for how well they can take care of drivers in this situation.”
The winner of the inaugural New Orleans Grand Prix was well enough to talk to IndyCar officials, saying: “Words can’t describe how thankful I am to the Holmatro Safety Team. Those guys, in addition to the doctors and staff at the hospital, are my heroes. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from IndyCar fans, my family and fellow drivers. We are all one big family and it feels like that today.”
Everyone at www.TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk wishes James a speedy recovery and we hope we can see him behind the wheel of an IndyCar again soon.