Hinchcliffe injuries were 'life-threatening'

Thanks to the prompt and efficient response by safety workers, James Hinchcliffe is resting in stable condition today.

INDIANAPOLIS - Motorsport.com has learned more details surrounding James Hinchcliffe's injuries and the true severity of the crash has been revealed (VIDEO).

Upon hitting the wall after a right-front pushrod failed (at a reported 125Gs), a wishbone (suspension piece) penetrated the safety cell that protects each driver. The piece went through Hinchcliffe's right leg, upper left thigh, and into his pelvis.

The injuries have been described to Motorsport.com as "life-threatening", but due to the quick response of IndyCar's medical team, he is resting in stable condition after surgery and being moved to the intensive care unit of IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Two days after the crash, he was moved out of the ICU and is expected to make a full recovery.

The team is now evaluating their options for a replacement driver to pilot the car in this weekend's Indianapolis 500. Neither of their two remaining drivers took part in yesterday evening's practice session.

Monday night, Tony Kanaan spoke strongly about the dangers of racing in IndyCar and how it accepts the risks, adding that anyone who isn't comfortable with it should not be out there driving.

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers James Hinchcliffe
Article type Breaking news
Tags honda, schimdt peterson motorsports