The speculation and hypothesizing is over. James Hinchcliffe made it official today that he will not race in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
End. Of. Story.
There had been speculation that the team Hinchcliffe races for in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was attempting to buy a spot in the race from one of the 33 drivers that had already qualified.
But whether or not rumors were true, Hinchcliffe — who failed to make the field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing by .014 of a second during this past weekend’s qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — put things to complete rest Wednesday afternoon when he took to Twitter to make a statement:
Hinchcliffe will attend the race and cheer on his three SPM teammates that are in the race: IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens, Jay Howard and Jack Harvey.