Hinchcliffe alert after surgery

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe is improving as he is still listed in stable condition at IU Methodist Hospital.

He is still in the Intensive Care Unit and is still being evaluated following a successful surgery yesterday to remove a lodged suspension piece from his thigh.

He was in immediate danger following the accident a suspension wishbone penetrated the chassis following the 125 G’s impact into the turn 3 wall. The wishbone pieced his right leg and traveled through his upper right thigh. The Holmatro Safety Team had to cut the wishbone in order remove Hinchcliffe from his car.

Once in the ambulance, paramedics worked feverishly to stop the bleeding before he was rushed into surgery.

“He’s stable and improving,” said Dr. Timothy Pohlman, who performed the surgery. “His 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.”

Hinchcliffe has been ruled out of Verizon IndyCar Series until further notice.

“Words can’t describe how thankful I am to the Holmatro Safety Team,” Hinchcliffe said. “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.”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has not yet named a driver to replace the Canadian in the #5 Arrow Electronics Honda.

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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