Hinchcliffe: “Doctors say everything is going quickly” in recovery

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James Hinchcliffe has revealed that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the accident at Indianapolis in May that left him requiring emergency surgery.

During practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500, the Canadian suffered a high-speed crash in which the wishbone from the underbody suspension connected to the wheels pierced his car and then his upper-left thigh.

Hinchcliffe left hospital after nine days, and was named the grand marshal for the Honda Indy Toronto, his home race, back in June.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver is in Milwaukee this weekend for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, and confirmed that his recovery is going to plan.

“I’ve learned that doctors know what they’re talking about and I should listen to them,” Hinchcliffe is quoted as saying by indycar.com, lifting the lid on his road to recovery.

“I have an excellent team of doctors and physical therapists looking after me and have helped the recovery process go along as smoothly as possible.

“My energy level gets better every day. Strength gets better every day. Mobility gets better every day. It feels slow to me, but the doctors say everything is going quickly.”

Hinchcliffe explained how much of his recovery is currently focused on preparing him for further surgery, after which he will be able to take up a more physical recovery programme.

“The big goal for the doctors was to make sure that I recovered as well as possible from not only the surgery that I had, but from the trauma that my body experienced to prepare for the next surgery to make sure I’m as healthy as I am the next time I go under the knife,” Hinchcliffe said.

“That way I can bounce back quickly from that one, so the physical side of it will take place more so after that is done.”

Ryan Briscoe deputizes for Hinchcliffe once again this weekend in Milwaukee in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, racing in the no. 5 car. For full broadcasting details for the race, click here.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”