James Hinchcliffe’s crash story retold to help others

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There are certain dates that IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe remembers, like his birthday, the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and the like.

But there’s one date he’ll both never forget and also one he wishes he could: May 18, 2015.

Hinchcliffe was involved in the most serious crash of his career that date. Had it not been for the extremely fast response of IndyCar’s Holmatro Safety Team, it also could have been the date that may have potentially been placed upon Hinchcliffe’s tombstone.

Now, in complete detail and with a number of illustrations, Hinchcliffe’s full story is told at TraumaPitCrew.org.

Hinchcliffe was practicing for the following week’s Indianapolis 500 when his car suffered mechanical failure heading into Turn 3 and he plowed head-on into the wall.

The crumpled car and driver bounced off and the car burst into flames that began to lick at Hinchcliffe’s mangled torso. He couldn’t get out of the wreckage and could feel himself starting to pass out, all the while as the flames got closer.

Fortunately, the spectacular Holmatro team – which is on-site at every IndyCar event, practice and qualifying session – responded in full force.

While several team members worked to extinguish the flames, others used the Jaws of Life to extract the critically injured Mayor of Hinchtown.

When Hinchcliffe hit the wall, he was doing about 200 mph. Upon impact, a suspension rod broke and nearly severed a major artery.

He faced several weeks of recovery and rehab and today, that wreck is a distant memory – except it’s also a memory that Hinchcliffe still can’t recall … and likely never will.

One of the biggest things you’ll likely take away from the description of Hinchcliffe’s crash is something that hit me like a ton of bricks when I first read it – and then had to re-read it several times just to make sure I got it right each time.

Typically, when astronauts blast off heading to the Space Shuttle, they endure about 3 Gs of gravitational pull.

50 Gs is considered fatal.

Hinchcliffe hit the wall at more than 2 ½ times that amount: 126 Gs.

And he survived to not only recover, but to tell his compelling story.

He’s also giving back by telling his story to raise funds to help those less fortunate and help in their own recoveries from devastating accidents.

Click here to read it.

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Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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