Denny Hamlin’s latest scan has been done, and he awaits word of whether he’ll be able to race at Richmond International Raceway next month.
“A doctor has seen a scan yesterday, but, obviously, there’s a large team of doctors who have to have a consensus,” Hamlin told NASCAR.com. “Until all of them get the images, we’re still waiting on that. They should have them this morning.
“Hopefully, by the end of the day, everyone will have consensus and have time to review what’s the safe thing to do.”
Hamlin reflected that time outside the cockpit has been beneficial for him. He said if he can’t start at Richmond, he will start at Talladega for sure, then be replaced by a relief driver.
Hamlin visited Washington on Wednesday.
Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.
Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?
Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!
Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden
Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.
Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)
Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.
Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.
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