Indycar Driver James Hinchcliffe Hospitalized After Crash
Yesterday James Hinchcliffe had a big crash during Indy 500 practice, and by our count the 4th large crash to happen in the past week. It was ooriginally reported that Hinchcliffe was taken to the hospital as a precaution, then reported that he needed surgery due to a hurt leg. Now via Jalopnik, via Racer, it appears his condition was much more serious.
In the impact, which flattened the right side of the chassis, one of the suspension wishbones penetrated the Dallara safety cell, and subsequently caused the majority of the physical damage Hinchcliffe received. RACER has confirmed through multiple sources that Hinchcliffe had the steel wishbone enter and exit his right leg, then enter his upper left thigh, and continue into his pelvic region, where it came to a stop. The suspension component pinned the 28-year-old in the car, leading the safety team to cut the wishbone from the chassis to allow Hinchcliffe’s extraction.
UGHHHHH---that pains me to even read. Yes, his leg was impaled by a piece of the car's suspension.
TLP wishes a speedy recovery to James.