Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe underwent surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for an injury to his upper left thigh suffered in a crash during a practice session on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
After surgery, he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit and remains in stable condition, according to INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger. Updates on his condition will be provided when available.
The No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda that Hinchcliffe was driving made hard right-side contact with the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier and slid on its right side all the way into Turn 4.
Hinchcliffe, who was awake when the Holmatro Safety Team arrived on the scene, was transported by ground to the nearby hospital.
A Honda spokesman said the right-front suspension failed as Hinchcliffe's car was entering the turn and he lost steering.
RACER magazine provided this update about James Hinchcliffe’s condition:
“In the impact, which flattened the right side of the chassis, one of the suspension wishbones penetrated the Dallara safety cell, and subsequently caused the majority of the physical damage Hinchcliffe received. RACER has confirmed through multiple sources that Hinchcliffe had the steel wishbone enter and exit his right leg, then enter his upper left thigh, and continue into his pelvic region before it came to a stop.
The suspension component pinned the 28-year-old in the car, leading the safety team to cut the wishbone from the chassis to allow Hinchcliffe's extraction.
With the multiple intrusions, Hinchcliffe experienced massive blood loss at the crash site, and despite the gravity of the soft tissue injuries to his lower extremities, stopping the bleeding became an immediate priority for the medical staff to address once he was pulled from the chassis.”