For Spyder athlete James Hinchcliffe, the 2015 Indy season is engrained in his mind forever. With the ink barely dry on his new Spyder contract and coming off a win in New Orleans, Hinchcliffe took to the track on May 18th in preparation for the Indy 500. Then tragedy struck. During routine test last laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the car suspension snapped causing it to catapult into the track wall at 198 miles per hour.
Hinchcliffe awoke with no memory of the crash but learned quickly he was lucky to be alive. The crash caused a rod to puncture his body resulting in severe blood loss. Upon arrival at the hospital, Hinchcliffe had no pulse. Fortunately through a series of procedures, doctors were able to save his life.
Unfazed by his near-death experience, Hinchcliffe was eager to get back on the track, scribbling on a piece of paper just an hour after his entry into intensive care unit “when can I get back in the car?” After months of physical therapy and countless hours at the gym, Hinchcliffe began test runs in September. As his crew watched him bolt around the corners of the track, it was as if Hinchcliffe never left the driver’s seat.
Spyder congratulates James on his heroic return to the track, racing in this weekend’s Streets of St. Petersburg. We look forward to an excellent season!