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James Hinchcliffe returns to IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – James Hinchcliffe made his return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday to test the configuration of the new superspeedway aero kit package.

The test also allowed the Verizon IndyCar Series Leaders Circle teams the chance to turn important test laps in advance of practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month.

It was the first time Hinchcliffe turned laps at IMS since May 2015 when a suspension failure sent his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Honda into the Turn 3 Wall.

The Canadian native was critically injured when a suspension piece pierced an artery in his thigh. Hinchcliffe underwent several surgeries, enduring months of therapy and rehabilitation.

The Leaders Circle entries that were scheduled to participate included:

  • Andretti Autosport (No. 26 Carlos Munoz, No. 27 Marco Andretti, No. 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay)
  • Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (No. 9 Scott Dixon, No. 10 Tony Kanaan, No. 83 Charlie Kimball)
  • Ed Carpenter Racing (No. 20 Ed Carpenter, No. 21 Josef Newgarden)
  • KVSH Racing (No. 11 Sebastien Bourdais)
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (No. 15 Graham Rahal)
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (No. 5 James Hinchcliffe, No. 7 Mikhail Aleshin)
  • Team Penske (No. 2 Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 3 Helio Castroneves, No. 12 Will Power, No. 22 Simon Pagenaud)