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  • #298766
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    Keith Collantine
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    More official details coming out. The race will be held on Labor Day weekend – Labor Day in America is the first Monday in September.

    http://www.indycar.com/News/2015/05/5-21-INDYCAR-announces-Labor-Day-2016-event-in-Boston

    #298765
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    Can’t help but notice the video of the Castroneves crash on IndyCar’s YouTube account now has over two million views. It’s hard to ignore the uncomfortable truth that a lot of people like scary crashes.

    #298695
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    Briscoe to stand in for Hinchcliffe, he will have to start last:

    Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has announced that Ryan Briscoe will fill the seat of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Indy car on Sunday, May 24 for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

    The seat became available after SPM’s contracted driver, James Hinchcliffe, was injured in a crash on Monday afternoon during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When doctor’s determined that the 28-year-old Canadian driver would not be cleared to drive for the foreseeable future, the team began exploring replacement options.

    Briscoe, a native of Australia, boasts an impressive track record at the Indy 500, including a pole position and two top-five finishes. As SPM owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson went through the list of options, Briscoe’s results put him at the top of the list of contenders.

    “We explored quite a few options and felt confident in Briscoe,” said Schmidt. “We were glad he was available and willing to drive for us with such short notice. Obviously this was not a situation we were expecting to be in for the biggest race of the year but we’re making the best of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with James [Hinchcliffe] and his family right now while we work through the details of finding his replacement. We’re excited to have an accomplished veteran in the seat of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car.”

    Briscoe commented, “First and foremost, I feel absolutely terrible for Hinch. I wish him the best and a speedy recovery. Under the circumstances, I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be here and fill in for him. I really hope to do a great job for Arrow Electronics, Lucas Oil and the SPM team, and I’m looking forward to being back here in the Indy 500 again.”

    Because of the switch, the No. 5 car will be 33rd on the starting grid.

    The team reported that details will be announced soon about Hinchcliffe’s replacement until he is cleared to return to the seat.

    The 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 24. Fans can purchase tickets for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing at IMS.com/tickets or watch the race broadcast live on ABC starting at 11 a.m. ET.

    http://www.spmindycar.com/spm-announces-ryan-briscoe-as-replacement-driver-for-indianapolis-500/

    #298630
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    Good news on Hinchcliffe’s progress in this statement from IndyCar:

    Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe has been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital as the Canadian 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 was transported by ground to the hospital following a single-car accident during practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 18.

    Additional updates to Hinchcliffe’s condition will be released when available.

    #298537
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    Good to see Hinchcliffe’s condition is not serious, though the reports of him requiring leg surgery were unfortunately correct:

    Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR medical director: Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe is in stable condition and is undergoing surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital for an injury to his left upper thigh.

    Hinchcliffe was awake when he was transported by ground to the hospital following a single-car accident during practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day. The Canadian’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car made heavy right-side contact with the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier.

    Additional updates to Hinchcliffe’s condition will be released when available.

    The difficult question now is how this latest crash factors into thinking around the safety of the race. Hopefully data from the car gives them a clear picture of what happened and whether any further changes need to be made.

    #298524
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    Despite the steps take to keep speeds under control there’s now been a fourth accident, albeit somewhat different to those which preceded it. James Hinchcliffe has been taken to hospital following this impact:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlbdpXb3FSg

    This is the first crash and flip involving a Honda driver. Hinchcliffe was also running in the slipstream of another car. Practice has been put on hold following the crash.

    #298443
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    @vmaxmuffin Sometimes Chrome can be a bit slow to ‘see’ the new stylesheet code – if you refresh the page I suspect it will work. It looks fine in Chrome here.

    #298392
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    Some more cool footage of the cars in action here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f76MsWvkYc4

    #298391
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    Norbert Michelisz had a near-miss in this curious incident during practice:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idTHhyirYkU

    #298291
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    #298290
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    #298289
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    Keith Collantine
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    I’ve made a few tweaks to the video search terms – it now defaults to searching YouTube because that’s where we find pretty much all this stuff, it seems.

    Here’s another view of the first lap at Wurth:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjfmpS5YHJM

    #298286
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    Keith Collantine
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    @andae23 Sorry to hear that mate. To be honest I increasingly don’t bother doing articles like this for Bahrain and China as there tends to be so little footage out there. And unfortunately this weekend so little happened on the track I’d be surprised if we find much here. Impressed someone got Hamilton’s spin, though!

    #298271
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    @atticus-2 I just love watching the car tackle the fast version of the NGK Chicane on the new track and then swerve off to the left, and suddenly everything looks much narrower and faster…

    #298223
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    For those who want to ‘keep it real’, here’s a reminder of which tracks are currently allowed to hold F1 races:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2015/04/29/f1-at-le-mans-ugly-cars-and-more-of-your-questions/

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