James Hinchcliffe has left IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, eight days after his horror crash in practice for the Indy 500 which left him needing emergency surgery to his upper left thigh and pelvic area.
Hinch's car suffered a suspension failure in practice on Monday May 18 that resulted in the #5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda entry going into the wall at nearly full speed.
Fortunately the SAFER barrier and quick action by the Holmatro safety team that was immediately on the scene saved the popular Canadian driver from even more serious injuries.
Although Hinchcliffe has now left hospital, he still faces a length period of rehabilitation and will continue his rest and recuperation at home. He is has not as yet been passed as fit for a return to competition by the medical director of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and no timeline had been given for when that might happen and when he could be back in the car.
However, the 28-year-old is expected to make a full recovery in due course and should not require any further surgical procedures.
Ryan Briscoe was called up to replace Hinchcliffe in the Indianapolis 500 and ended up crossing the line in a very impressive 12th place. Conor Daly will now take over the race seat for this weekend's doubleheader at Detroit Belle Isle; Daly was also entered in the Indy 500 with SPM but his car caught fire on the formation lap and failed to make the starting line.
Montoya Indy 500 success nets almost $2.5m
Juan Pablo Montoya's win in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 has translated to a financial return of $2,449,055 for the driver and the Penske team from an overall event prize purse of $13,397,315.
The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. The pay-outs were announced and presented at the Victory Awards Celebration presented by Ice Miller Legal Counsel, Contour Hardening, Inc. and Allied Solutions on May 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The previous day, Montoya had succeeded in beating his team mate and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power to the line by just 0.1046s in a thrilling climax to the 200-lap race, which saw five of the race's 37 total lead changes taking place within the last 15 laps on Sunday afternoon.
Montoya ended up leading only five laps on his way to victory, the third-fewest laps led by an eventual winner - Dan Wheldon led just a single lap before clinching the 2011 race, and Joe Dawson led two laps in 1912.
Power, who also won the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course earlier in the month, earned $792,555 as runner-up which was his best performance in the Indy 500 so far in his career. He led the race five times for a total of 23 laps.
Also posting a career-best finish of third was Charlie Kimball who finished just ahead of his Ganassi team mate Scott Dixon. Kimball led the race twice for 10 laps and earned $564,055, while Dixon led the most laps of any driver on the day with 84 out in front. He also picked up the $100,000 for winning pole position the previous weekend, bringing his pay cheque to a total of $615,805
Graham Rahal was the highest-placed Honda runner in fifth place in the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Steak 'n Shake entry, earning him $439,555. Gabby Chaves was voted the winner of the prestigious Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award after qualifying in 26th and finishing in 16th for Bryan Herta Autosport, meaning that he was presented with a cheque for $399,055 which included a $50,000 bonus from Sunoco.
Full prize details for the 2015 Indianapolis 500:
1. Juan Pablo Montoya - $2,449,055
2. Will Power - $792,555
3. Charlie Kimball - $564,055
4. Scott Dixon - $615,805
5. Graham Rahal - $439,555
6. Marco Andretti - $412,055
7. Helio Castroneves - $482,555
8. JR Hildebrand - $246,805
9. Josef Newgarden - $382,055
10. Simon Pagenaud - $307,805
11. Sebastien Bourdais - $378,555
12. Ryan Briscoe - $368,805
13. Takuma Sato - $364,055
14. Townsend Bell - $218,555
15. Ryan Hunter-Reay - $355,555
16. Gabby Chaves - $399,055
17. Alex Tagliani - $203,305
18. James Jakes - $347,555
19. Simona de Silvestro - $200,305
20. Carlos Munoz - $345,500
21. Justin Wilson - $211,305
22. Pippa Mann - $206,805
23. Sebastian Saavedra - $200,305
24. Jack Hawksworth - $205,055
25. Stefano Coletti - $344,555
26. Tony Kanaan - $375,555
27. James Davison - $344,055
28. Tristan Vautier - $344,055
29. Oriol Servia - $201,805
30. Ed Carpenter - $344,055
31. Bryan Clauson - $200,305
32. Sage Karam - $344,055
33. Conor Daly - $201,805