Dale Coyne Racing crew member injured in frightening pit-lane crash (VIDEO)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Two crew members for Tristan Vautier were injured during a pit stop in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 after being struck by the car of James Davison, Vautier’s Dale Coyne Racing teammate.

Vautier’s pit stall was located directly ahead of Davison’s, and Vautier’s team was working on the right side of his No. 18 Honda.

As Davison’s No. 19 left its pit, it collided with another Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Pippa Mann. Davison then clipped two members of Vautier’s team, leaving one on the asphalt and needing medical attention for several minutes from the safety team.

Daniel Jang was transported to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of an apparent right ankle injury. The team later confirmed Jang suffered a broken ankle and is having an operation performed at Methodist Hospital on that ankle, as of today’s release. Greg Senerius, the other Coyne crew member, was seen and released.

“Unfortunately, I got sent out at the same time Pippa was coming, and we made contact, and it sent me into the second team car,” Davison said. “Just a very unfortunate situation. … I’m really hoping he’s OK. I think we took his feet away from him rather than ran him over. Hopefully, he’ll make a full recovery.”

The race was under yellow for a Lap 113 crash involving Ed Carpenter and Oriol Servia in the first turn.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”