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James Hinchcliffe Released from Hospital

More than a week after his violent crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, James Hinchcliffe has been released from the hospital.

The popular Canadian driver underwent surgery on May 18 for an upper-left thigh and pelvic injury and was released just eight days afterwards on Tuesday May 26. He is expected to make a full recovery although a timetable for his return has not been established.

He will continue to recover at his home and his car owner, Sam Schmidt, said that he could return by the end of the season if all goes well. In the meantime, Conor Daly will fill in for Hinchcliffe in his No. 5 Arrow Honda at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, starting with this weekend at the Dual in Detroit doubleheader at the Belle Isle street course.

Defending IndyCar champion Will Power, along with James Davison and Hinchcliffe’s cousin, Will, visited the driver in the hospital where the picture below was taken earlier in the week.
Hinch

Post Indy 500 Penalties Announced

IndyCar announced the following post-event infractions from the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, which was held May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval:

  • IndyCar officials have fined the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing entry $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) and the entrant was placed on a six-race probation for violating Rules 7.10.1.10 (unsafe release) and 7.10.1.8 (contact with personnel) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook;
  • IndyCar officials have fined Gabby Chaves, driver of the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport entry, $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) and placed him on a six-race probation for violating Rule 7.10.1.8 (contact with personnel);
  • IndyCar officials have fined the No. 2 Team Penske entry $500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.5 (contact with pit equipment, running over an air hose);
  • IndyCar officials have fined the No. 4 KV Racing Technology entry $500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.6 (contact with a competitor’s pit equipment, running over the air hose of the No. 17 entry);
  • IndyCar officials have fined a crew member of the No. 28 Andretti Autosport entry $500 for violating Rule 1.2.7.2(c) (personal safety equipment, deadman not wearing gloves).

In addition, IndyCar announced manufacturers championship points adjustments following the Indianapolis 500.

  • Honda received a bonus of 40 engine manufacturer points for attaining the life-cycle minimum on four of its engines. According to Rule 10.6.4.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, any engine that reaches a lifespan of 2,500 miles will receive 10 bonus points for its manufacturer. Honda engines for the No. 14 AJ Foyt Enterprises, No. 27 Andretti Autosport, No. 28 Andretti Autosport and No. 41 AJ Foyt Enterprises entries all reached at least 2,500 miles. Honda had also received a bonus of 20 engine manufacturer points following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 for attaining the life-cycle minimum on two of its engines, the Nos. 5 and 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entries.
  • Honda received a deduction of 80 points for engines that did not reach their life-cycle at the Indianapolis 500. According to Rule 10.6.4.3, 20 points will be deducted for an engine that fails to reach its 2,500-mile life cycle. Engines in the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing, No. 41 AJ Foyt Enterprises and No. 43 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entries did not reach their life cycle minimum before being changed out. Honda had also received a deduction of 40 points following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 for two of its engines not reaching the life-cycle minimum before being changed out, the Nos. 18 and 19 Dale Coyne Racing entries.

Following the adjustments, Chevrolet has 588 manufacturer points and Honda has 553.

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