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.
Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.
This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.
“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”
On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.
“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.
“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”