A mechanical failure sends James Hinchliffe into the wall.
INDIANAPOLIS - During Monday Indy 500 practice, James Hinchcliffe was involved a violent accident. The Schmidt-Peterson Honda suffered a right front suspension failure, sending Hinchcliffe straight into the wall out of the third corner. The session was only an hour old at the point of the impact.
The car caught fire and most the right side was destroyed. Sebastien Saavedra narrowly avoided a rogue tire as the Canadian's machine spun onto the apron where it lifted off the ground and almost completely flipped over, going up on its side before coming to rest on all fours.
He is awake and alert but has been transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Practice at the track was suspended while series officials investigated the Hinchcliffe crash. The series took a look at the right front wishbone and pushrod on the mangled car.
Cars got back on track three hours later.
UPDATE: Hinchcliffe has sustained an injury to his upper left thigh and is currently in surgery, according to IndyCar medical director Michael Olinger. He is stated as being in stable condition at IU Methodist Hospital.