Hinchcliffe Out Of ICU, Expected To Fully Recover

James Hinchcliffe.

James Hinchcliffe.

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe has been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The Oakville native continues to make substantial improvement following surgery on May 18 for injuries to his pelvic area and upper left thigh.

Upon further evaluation this morning, it was determined that Hinchcliffe will require no further procedures and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

“We’re very pleased with his progress and his condition continues to improve,” said Dr. Timothy Pohlman, Senior Staff Trauma Surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital, who performed the surgery. “Our expectation, in consultation with the INDYCAR medical staff, is that a normal recovery is to be expected.”

Hinchcliffe has been ruled out of Verizon IndyCar Series competition for the foreseeable future.

“Words can’t describe how thankful I am to the Holmatro Safety Team,” Hinchcliffe said. “Those guys, in addition to the doctors and staff at the hospital, are my heroes. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from INDYCAR fans, my family, and fellow drivers. We are all one big family and it feels like that today.”

Hinchcliffe was transported by ground to the hospital following a single-car collision during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 18.

“He’s stable and improving,” said Dr Pohlman. “His condition was critical upon his arrival and I think the INDYCAR system as a whole needs to be commended for how well they can take care of drivers in this situation.”

Ryan Briscoe will be driving Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.


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