For James Hinchcliffe, then 28 years old, it was supposed to be a rehearsal for the big day when he would hopefully find himself inside the winner’s circle. Instead, it became the day his life nearly ended, with a crash and a fire on the track after his car smashed into the wall as he took a practice lap in turn three.
Later, he would learn a mechanical failure was to blame for the near-deadly crash. What unfolded are extraordinary measures taken by the track’s medical crew to remove him from the car. The emergency crew transport. The hospital staff working tirelessly to care for him – each team synchronizing efforts to save his life. And now, months later, Hinch has the opportunity to thank them all.
This is James Hinchcliffe’s story. This is his race to recovery.