PWC: de la Torre released from Hartford Hospital, will rehab in Texas

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One of the two drivers injured in a Pirelli World Challenge practice session on May 28 in Lime Rock Park, Jorge de la Torre, has been released from Hartford Hospital and will continue his rehabilitation in his home of Texas.

Aston Martin Racing released a statement on Wednesday updating de la Torre’s condition. That statement reads as follows, below:

“Aston Martin Racing would like to report the updated status of injured driver Jorge de la Torre.

“Jorge has been released from Hartford Hospital and has returned to his home in Texas for the rehabilitation phase. Jorge thanks everyone for their kind thoughts following the Lime Rock Park incident.

“I want to thank everyone for having me in their thoughts and prayers. I also want to thank my race team, fellow drivers, Aston Martin Racing and the Pirelli World Challenge Series for all their support. A special thank you to my parents for supporting me since day one. With the help of physical therapy, I look forward to returning to the series soon.” – Jorge de la Torre.

“Aston Martin Racing continues to have its thoughts with Jorge, Andrew Palmer and the Bentley team.”

Previous medical updates are linked below:

PWC: Jorge de la Torre recovering after surgery to repair fractures
PWC: Andrew Palmer, Jorge de la Torre remain hospitalized in Hartford
PWC: Bentley, Aston Martin confirm Palmer, de la Torre injuries

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.”