Report: Sam Schmidt gives details on James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 practice wreck


Sam Schmidt, in an interview with the Indianapolis Star‘s Curt Cavin, provided details on the Monday morning accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that injured driver James Hinchcliffe and sent him to the hospital.

Schmidt said Hinchcliffe, who hit the Turn 3 wall at IMS at around 125 G’s, experienced damage to a leg artery after a piece of the right-front suspension entered his upper left thigh. No bones were harmed, but there was soft tissue damage

The team owner said the part, which was reinforced for this season and would have folded previously, went through Hinchcliffe “like a knife.” Doctors at Methodist Hospital had “a big one to plug” during the operation, which involved stopping blood loss.

“If this would have happened at most of the places we race at things might have been different,” Schmidt told the Star. “If he would have had to go from the ambulance to the track medical center to a helicopter to 30 minutes (to the hospital), I hate to say that would have been a challenge.

“The situation here is that he went straight to (Methodist) and it’s close. And we’ve got great people here.”

Hinchcliffe, 28, is in stable condition and will not race in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Schmidt said his team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, will be allowed to keep their 24th starting position for the race and that he has a list of five drivers in consideration to replace Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Honda.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.


Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.



IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold


—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold


—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold