James Hinchcliffe returning to track 4 months after crash

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Four months ago, IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe had a near fatal wreck at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Thursday, he was back behind the wheel. It was only a go-cart, but it was a good indicator of his remarkable recovery.

When he crashed back in May, a piece of the suspension went through his body and hit a main artery. He nearly bled to death.

Hinchcliffe told 24-Hour News 8 Thursday that he doesn’t remember any of the accident, but he says his recovery is ahead of schedule, and can’t wait to get back in a race car.

“We’re getting very close,” he said. “I mean I would say I’m 98 percent healed and ready to rock. I still have one thing to get signed off of from the doctors. But hopefully that will happen soon here and I can see myself back in a car end of this month beginning of next month.”

Hinchcliffe is one of 16 drivers driving this Saturday in the Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Race Honoring Justin Wilson. The event is free and open to the public at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle. Proceeds this year will go to the Dan Wheldon Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association and the Wilson family.

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