James Hinchcliffe undergoes surgery, in ICU after Indy 500 practice crash

Monday May 18th, 2015

James Hinchcliffe crashed at Indianapolis 500 practice on Monday, marking it two days in a row that there has been an incident on the track during preparations for the race. 

He underwent surgery to stop massive bleeding in his left leg and was in stable condition in the intensive care unit as of Monday evening, according to the Associated Press. His "left thigh was pierced by the car's right front rocker and the piece of equipment needed to be removed," the AP reported, citing two people familiar with the crash. 

According to reporter Marshall Pruett, Hinchcliffe​ did not get out of the car on his own.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway posted a message of support at the race track.

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Hinchcliffe's crash can be seen below.


​On Sunday, qualifying for the Indy 500 was delayed after Ed Carpenter crashed during practice. There were two other crashes last week, one involving Helio Castroneves on Wednesday, and the other on Thursday when Josef Newgarden's car flipped after he lost control and hit a wall.

After Carpenter's crash, the CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of IndyCar, announced a precautionary measure for IndyCar and said points will not be awarded for Sunday's qualifications.

This year's Indy 500 will be held on May 24.

- Molly Geary

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