The Return From Near Death.
A year ago during practice for the Indianapolis 500 driver James Hinchcliffe suffered a horrific accident that almost took his life.
The impact caused a piece of suspension to penetrate Hinchcliffe's leg. As Racer magazine described the incident:
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.
After the accident Hinchcliffe would miss the rest of the 2015 season. A year later Hinchcliffe would return to Indy and capture pole position for the 100th running of the Indy 500 in an amazing motorsports comeback story. Adding to this story is Hinchcliffe remains one of the nicest drivers in the paddock and always takes time to pose for photographs with fans and sign autographs.
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will occur on May 29th.