James Hinchcliffe is out of surgery and has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital.
He is still listed as in stable condition.
The Associated Press reported that a piece of the right front rocker had penetrated the cockpit and pierced Hinchcliffe’s thigh and surgery was needed to stop bleeding. The information was relayed to the AP by two anonymous sources as the details of his injuries have not been made public.
“Obviously we’re relieved that James is awake and out of surgery,” said Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team owner Sam Schmidt. “That’s the most important thing on our minds right now and we will do absolutely everything required to ensure a complete recovery.”
Dan Layton, spokesman for Honda Performance Development, confirmed that the right front suspension in Hinchcliffe’s car failed, which sent the #5 Arrow Electronics Honda into the wall. This is the first major accident of the month for Honda.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has not announced who will replace Hinchcliffe in the 500. He currently stands eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings.