IndyCar driver Hinchcliffe hospitalized (5thUpdate)


A car like this would excite IndyCar fans too much while protecting the drivers head, therefore it will never happen

Sure would be nice if IndyCar would consider this for their next race car (right). The canopy would protect the driver in accidents such as what happened to Hinchcliffe. Luckily he was hit at 90 mph and not 230 mph we may have tragically lost him. Traditionalist will say open wheel race cars cannot have a closed cockpit, at least not until another driver gets killed by a flying wheel, object or smashes their head on a fence post like Dan Wheldon.

05/11/14 Hinchcliffe was hit in the head by flying debris, apparently from Justin Wilson's damaged front wing on the lap 57 restart. The cars were approaching turn seven when the incident occurred. Andretti Autosport said EJ Viso will fill in for Hinchcliffe as needed.

05/10/14 “I want to thank all the fans for their messages of concern and support. I’m a little stiff and sore and I’d love to be back in the car tomorrow, but I suppose I should probably let the doctors make that decision. Such a bummer for the UFD car when things were really starting to come together."

The official update from INDYCAR:

“Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after being evaluated and having a CT scan of his head and neck.

“INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger said Hinchcliffe was diagnosed with a concussion. The driver of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data car for Andretti Autosport will be re-evaluated by Olinger and INDYCAR medical consultants before being cleared to drive."

05/10/14 The hospital announced that Hinchcliffe had a CT scan of his head and suffered a concussion. He was released and will be re-evaluated before he can drive again. So he may not be driving in practice tomorrow.

05/10/14 Reports are that Hinchcliffe's helmet visor was cracked and there are reports that Marco Andretti thought he may have been temporarily unconscious the way he went past him.



Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has been transferred to Methodist hospital for evaluation.

Unconfirmed reports are that he was perhaps hit in the head by debris because just pulled the car off for no apparent reason.

More information will be released as available.

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