Newsstand » James: Hinchcliffe, IndyCar drivers try to focus on present as Indy 500 looms
James Hinchcliffe says sometimes it is hard for teams to focus on the Grand Prix of Indianapolis with the shadow of the 500 looming. (Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)
INDIANAPOLIS – James Hinchcliffe was joyfully annoyed.
One day into the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ encampment in motor coaches at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the jovial Canadian had discovered his toilet seat stolen. He assumed it to have been the work of one of his devilish counterparts, but it was instead the latest salvo in a running prank with Mike Miller, his former mechanic at Andretti Autosport.
Hinchcliffe vowed revenge in a two-pronged attack. It was a moment of mischief that could not have been imagined 359 days ago, when Hinchcliffe nearly bled to death in his race car after a suspension part pierced his legs after a crash in Indianapolis 500 practice.
“I nearly died,” he told USA TODAY Sports. “That I get to come back here and do this is not lost on me.”