INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Last May was a shocker for James Hinchcliffe.
Hinchcliffe, a fan favorite and top notch IndyCar driver, was bumped out of the 102nd Indianapolis 500.
Then in August, Robert Wickens met panic at Pocono Raceway. A severe spinal chord injury, along with other serious injuries, sent promising rookie driver Wickens into the fight of his life.
Both challenges, Hinchcliffe’s boss Sam Schmidt knows to well.
This May the three chase an Indianapolis 500 title — together.
“This team has been through a lot, probably a lot more than any other team should have with how short we have been around,” Hinchliffe said. “But we come back stronger every time we get kicked down. We are excited to be here this May to see what we can do.”
“Oh boy, there are a lot of things in life that are pretty special, but them (Hinchcliffe & Wickens) and the entire team have come back from a lot of adversity over the last couple of years,” Schmidt said.
With Wickens coaching, Schmidt overseeing the No. 5 car of Hinchcliffe and the No. 7 of Marcus Ericsson, it is once again the fan favorite’s turn to bring his best to Indianapolis.
“Hopefully, we can get the 500 for Hinch,” Schmidt said. “That would go a long way to completing the story.”
When Hinchcliffe was asked if a win would make for a solid Disney movie. He said, “a little bit, yeah.”