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.

Bill Elliott joins Tony Stewart/Ray Evernham SRX series for 2021

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott became the eighth driver to join the Superstar Racing Experience, the short-track series being started by Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart.

The two-time Daytona 500 winner and 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015 and was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver 16 times (his son, Chase, has received the honor the past two years). Elliott also closed his full-time Cup career driving for Evernham’s Dodge team from 2001-03, winning the 2002 Brickyard 400.

“I am excited to reunite with Ray Evernham and some of the great legends of our sport,” Elliott, who joins Stewart and Bobby Labonte as NASCAR Hall of Famers in the SRX, said in a release. “I look forward to racing at some of the most historic American racing destinations and putting on an awesome show for the fans. We have a special driver field and it will be fun competing with some of the greatest drivers of all time.”

The series, which is expecting to have a dozen drivers, also has Tony Stewart, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Webber in its lineup.

SRX was co-founded by NASCAR Hall of Famers Stewart and Evernham and was unveiled July 13.

Several drivers have expressed interest in the new circuit, which is modeled on the International Race of Champions (IROC) series that matched drivers from various auto racing disciplines in equally prepared cars for an annual four-race series for 30 years.

With the addition of Bill Elliott, Superstar Racing Experience has yet to reveal a schedule or tracks, but it’s expected that Stewart’s Eldora Speedway will be on the slate.