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

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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.