VIDEO – Hinchcliffe’s Incredible Comeback From A Near Death Experience

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At first blush, James Hinchcliffe’s crash in practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 looked like a typical wall banger.

Only after safety crews arrived to remove the driver from his wrecked car did they notice a piece of the Dallara’s suspension had pierced the chassis, causing profuse bleeding and trapping the Canadian in the car.

Despite the quick work of the safety team, by the time he got to the operating room, doctors couldn’t feel his pulse.

“You lose a pulse on the way to the operating room very seldom you get a person back like that,” explained Dr. Timothy Pohlman the senior trauma surgeon at Indiana University Health.

But Hinch survived and after some intensive physical rehab he not only survived, but also recovered to race-driving form.

In 2016 he’s back in the cockpit racing for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

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Lewis Franck

In a career spanning over thirty years, Lewis Franck, a former New York attorney, has covered motorsports first as a photographer working for magazines such as Sport Magazine and magazines in Europe. Subsequently switching to writing Franck had a monthly column in Inside Sports, and later worked regularly for Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine. He's been a weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated's website and blogs and moderated chats at ESPN.com. Currently, he's a motorsports contributor at Reuters and Autoweek. And now a guest host on SiriusXM/NASCAR and guest PRN's Pit Reporters. An award-winning journalist; he’s written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites around the world. He’s also currently a US-based motorsports writer for Reuters newswire. In addition to published work, he’s been the color commentator, in Australia, for the local television broadcast of the Surfers Paradise Indy car race. Franck has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, television panel shows and dozens of radio appearances. He’s also a past Eastern Vice President of the American Auto Racing Writer’s and Broadcasters Association. In addition, he handled public relations for the Driver of the Year Award.

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