INDIANAPOLIS – Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe was checked and released Saturday evening from Indianapolis Methodist hospital with symptoms of a concussion after an accident in Saturday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, but he hasn’t since been cleared to drive.
While Hinchcliffe made an appearance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 opening day, the Canadian didn’t climb in his car. He just joked around with his crew and had lunch with family. No medical evaluation was performed Sunday, and the three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner returned to his Indianapolis home to rest and recuperate.
Hinchcliffe could return to the speedway for re-evaluation as early as Tuesday, however a date for his next medical visit has not yet been set. As of Sunday, the Canadian is still not medically cleared to drive in Indy 500 practice sessions.
Venezuelan E.J. Viso took the wheel of the No. 27 machine Sunday for a shakedown run. Viso will continue to practice with the team while Hinchcliffe recovers, and until a definitive decision in made in regard to the driver of the No. 27 car for the Indianapolis 500, which takes place May 25.
So far things have been pretty smooth,” Viso said. “I love working with these (Andretti Autosport) guys. Last year I had an amazing year, an amazing experience, and I only have positive things to talk about my teammates and my team. This opportunity just showed up overnight.
“Of course we all know what happened to Hinch. At the same time, he is a great friend of mine, he was my teammate last year. Right now I’m helping him out, putting miles on his car and hoping he comes back soon and jumps back in. It’s all credit to the team; we have a very strong car, and I think with the little things we’re tuning up, they’ll become very important later on in the week when we start trimming the car. As of now we have a good database from last year to start the month off.”