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James Hinchcliffe secures sponsorship for month of May

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After landing a new sponsor, James Hinchcliffe has now secured enough funding to run both races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this season.

Genesys, a customer service technology company with a major presence in the Indianapolis area, has signed on as a primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe for the month of May.

The new partnership comes three months after Hinchcliffe lost his seat at Arrow McLaren SP, and the six-time race winner faced an uphill battle to find a full-time ride for 2020.

Though he is not likely to compete on a full-time basis this year, the new partnership will allow Hinchcliffe to compete in, at a minimum, the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Information regarding which team the 33-year-old Canadian will drive for will be released at a later date.

“Hinchcliffe brings an incredible level of skill and charisma to IndyCar, not to mention his genuine empathy for other teams and drivers,” said Genesys CEO Tony Bates. “These very attributes are critical for organizations as they establish trust and loyalty with their most important asset: their customers. And, that’s what makes Hinchcliffe the perfect person to represent our company.

“We are thrilled to align ourselves with this talented driver and a sport that gives hundreds of thousands of people an experience like no other each and every May.”

The partnership marks the first venture into IndyCar racing for Genesys.

“This sponsorship gives Genesys an opportunity to further immerse ourselves in this wonderful community that’s home to our largest employee base in the world,” Bates said. “Auto racing is a shining example of the amazing results that can be achieved when man and machine work together.”

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Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.