Hinchcliffe undergoes final surgery, now “can’t wait to be strapping back in”


James Hinchcliffe has undergone his final surgery after sustaining severe injuries in an accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in May.

During practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500, Hinchcliffe 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.

He has appeared at a number of IndyCar races in the meantime, and revealed earlier this month that although his recovery was ahead of schedule, much of the physical rehabilitation would take place after his second round of surgery.

“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.”

In a tweet sent out from his account last night, Hinchcliffe confirmed that his final surgery was “in the books”, and his focus now lies with getting back racing.

Hinchcliffe’s girlfriend, Kirsten Dee, put out a short status on Facebook on Thursday saying: “Extra proud of this guy today! #LastSurgery #HomeStretch #HinchStrong #BlueSteel”, accompanied by a picture of the Canadian driver.

The No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will be filled by Ryan Briscoe for the remainder of the 2015 IndyCar Series season after the Australian took over from Conor Daly following the Honda Indy Toronto in June.