8:45 pm ET update: James Hinchcliffe condition, crash cause


UPDATED 8:45 pm ET: Verizon IndyCar Series Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger and Schmidt Peterson team owner Sam Schmidt have issued statements on the condition of driver James Hinchcliffe.

Olinger: “Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe underwent surgery May 18 at IU Health Methodist Hospital for an injury to his upper left thigh. He has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit and remains in stable condition.”

Schmidt: “Obviously, we’re relieved that James is awake and out of surgery. That’s the most important thing on our minds right now and we will do absolutely everything required to ensure a complete recovery.”


Here’s the latest update as of 7 pm ET Monday on the condition of IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, who crashed during practice Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

According to a report by The Associated Press, Hinchcliffe is listed in stable condition and recovering after undergoing surgery on his upper left thigh, as well as to stop massive bleeding incurred from the crash. The surgery took place at Indiana University Methodist Hospital.

* The AP report went on to say that the car’s right front rocker pierced Hinchcliffe’s left leg. The AP reported that information came from two unnamed sources, as IndyCar and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have not yet released details on the extent of Hinchcliffe’s injuries.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Hinchcliffe sustains upper thigh injury in crash in Turn 3 (UPDATED)

* Honda spokesman Dan Layton announced that the right front suspension in Hinchcliffe’s car failed, leading to the crash. Honda officials and engineers are attempting to pinpoint the cause of the suspension problem so that it doesn’t occur again in Sunday’s 99th edition of the Indianapolis 500.

* Currently ranked eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings, Hinchcliffe, who won last month at New Orleans, is the first Honda-powered driver to suffer a major accident. Three others this past week involved Chevrolet drivers Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter.

* There has been no announcement on who will replace Hinchcliffe in the May 24th Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe qualified 24th for the race this past weekend.