James Hinchcliffe must be patient at the Indy 500

IndyCar Series drivers (left to right) Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter will be...

IndyCar Series drivers (left to right) Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter will be starting on the front row for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. (USA Today)

Dean McNulty, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - As far as James Hinchcliffe is concerned, practice isn’t all what it is cracked up to be.

Judging from his front row starting position for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday maybe he is on to something.

The 27-year-old native of Oakville had only one full day of practice this month at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he was involved in a scary crash at the start of May when a piece of Justin Wilson’s Honda flew into his cockpit and hit his square on his helmet.

The resulting concussion sent Hinchcliffe to hospital for treatment and he was ordered to stay out of his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda for the all but a few hours during last week’s final practice sessions.

In fact, almost all of the pre-race preparation to get his race car ready was done by Andretti spare driver, Carlos Munoz.


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