SPEEDWAY,Ind (May 18, 2015)– Another violent crash at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway interrupted Monday’s practice for several hours. IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe hit the wall during practice during a fiery crash Monday afternoon and was helped out of his car by medics. The car spun and flipped before coming to rest on the track.
Hinchcliffe had surgery on his upper-left thigh. He has been transferred to the intensive care unit and remains in stable condition.
Hinchcliffe’s crash serves as a reminder for IndyCar drivers about the dangers they face every time they get behind the wheel.
“I hate to see that. I hate to see anyone take a hard hit like that. It’s been a bad month for that,” said IndyCar driver Will Power.
“We are all like a family here obviously you never want to see one of your guys go down,”said driver Bryan Clauson.
“If you are thinking about what could happen to you or what happened to someone else while you are out driving something bad will probably happen to you,” said Carpenter.
Long time IndyCar fan Mark Taylor has seen his share of big crashes.
“It’s part of the game. The upside-down crashes are scary, but it is what it is,” said Taylor.
Several drivers tell FOX59 that they were concerned about Hinchcliffe, but they try and block out the thought of crashing while on the track.
“You can have rivalries and guys you don’t like necessarily but when stuff like this happens it brings us together and reminds us of whats really important,” said Carpenter.
“We don’t need cars flying, obviously there’s a problem and they need to look at at which they will be this week,” said Power.
Hinchcliffe’s status for race day is unknown.