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James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
 
Following an on-track incident on Lap 56, Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was treated at the IU Health Infield Medical Center and transported by ground to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Hinchcliffe was discharged from the hospital after being evaluated and having a CT scan of his head and neck.  
 
INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger said Hinchcliffe was diagnosed with a concussion. The driver of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data car for Andretti Autosport will be re-evaluated by Olinger and INDYCAR medical consultants before being cleared to drive.
 
“I want to thank all the fans for their messages of concern and support. I’m a little stiff and sore and I’d love to be back in the car tomorrow, but I suppose I should probably let the doctors make that decision. Such a bummer for the UFD car when things were really starting to come together.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda

  • Led 18 laps during today’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis
  • Second-place finish marks third podium of 2014
  • Sits one point behind in second for the championship points lead

“It was definitely a strange race today. All my thoughts are with James (Hinchcliffe) right now… I just hope he is okay; he is such a great teammate and a great person. The team did a great job today; we picked the right strategy, but it was just very strange. There were times when you thought you were racing this guy, and then you’re racing another guy. The whole time we were racing (Simon) Pagenaud, and we were racing pretty hard there at the beginning. He kind of knocked us off the track a little – wasn’t too happy about that, but congratulated him as a racer and he did a very good job.”

Marco Andretti, No . 25 Snapple Honda

  • Third-generation racer battled electrical issue from the start of the 82-lap race
  • Series veteran dodged the chaos to bring home the Snapple Honda in P14

“Today was a terrible day; it felt like we were driving a taxicab. We were running on four cylinders and we had an electrical problem the whole time. We would come up to the straightaway and the car wouldn’t accelerate until halfway down so we just had to finish. It’s a bummer for the Snapple crew, but good job for Ryan (Hunter-Reay) for holding up the team.”

 

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda

  • Rookie was caught in the Lap 1 incident involving stalled car and was unable to continue

“I don’t know what happened… everything went really fast. The first car that stalled, I was starting in the back and I had a lot of speed since I was already in fourth or fifth gear, and when a car cuts in front of you, you don’t have the clear point where the car still is. When I saw it was Sebastian (Saavedra), there was nothing I could do. (Juan Pablo) Montoya was also stalled on the left side, so I didn’t really have anywhere to go especially when everyone is moving in the same direction. We need to forget about this weekend, and now we need to focus on practice (for the Indianapolis 500) tomorrow.”

Franck Montagny, No. 26 Suretone Honda
  • Frenchman jumped the first restart and suffered drive-thru penalty
  • Seen as high as 10th place before his Lap 48 incident that ended his race

“At the beginning of the race we weren’t 100% sure if we were going to be good or not. The start went very well, I was able to overtake a lot of people. The No. 26 Suretone Honda was good and we felt like it was a good start on red tires. After the first restart, I jumped the start and had to take a penalty. I didn’t overtake anyone; I just moved my car to the right side because of the guy started braking. I was just avoiding another crash and another yellow flag, so I was very upset with the penalty. I thought we had one of the fastest cars on-track, we came back and put another set of red tires on and everything was going good. I don’t know what happened really at the end, I was just fighting and trying to keep pushing hard to get ahead. I was just trying to do the best I could and the car was fine, so I was happy.”