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


4:00 p.m. ET (UPDATE 2):  The latest medical update from IndyCar on James Hinchcliffe’s condition: Hinchcliffe is in stable condition and undergoing surgery for an injury to his left upper thigh.

2:50 p.m. ET (UPDATED): After his accident in Turn 3, James Hinchcliffe has sustained an injury to his upper thigh, and is currently in surgery.

Multiple updates from reporters at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have followed.

1:45 p.m. ET: James Hinchcliffe has had an accident in Indianapolis 500 practice, with a component failure on his No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda going into Turn 3.

Per INDYCAR, the Canadian is awake and alert, and being transported to Methodist Hospital. It appeared he did not get out of the car under his own power.

It appeared something broke on the right front of the car, which launched Hinchcliffe into the Turn 3 wall, albeit into the SAFER barrier at the corner.

The right side of Hinchcliffe’s car sheered off in the accident and once that was gone, it tipped the car up onto its side as it slid down the track when progressing down the North Chute in-between Turns 3 and 4.

Hinchcliffe’s car slid back up the track into Turn 4 and came to a rest, where he was assisted by the Holmatro Safety Team.

The accident was entirely different than the four prior accidents this month.

More to follow on further official updates…

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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