P2POT 10 - Hinchcliffe at Pocono
Ryan Kent Jr. was able to speak to the Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe while at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Ryan attacks the hard questions first, targeting the beard. James reports that it fits the style of the Pocono Mountains. It's tough being out of the car, but he plans on being back into regular practice shortly after the checkered flag at Sonoma; late September or early October. Hinchcliffe hasn't been able to jump into a simulator yet as his last surgery was just three weeks ago.
"Jim's ability to prepare me to go Indy car racing really helped in the recovery."
Hinchcliffe credits much of his quick recover to Jim Leo's PitFit Training in Indianapolis, Indiana. He reports that doctors find his physical fitness one of the main reasons for his recovery. Of course, James Hinchcliffe along with a number of Verizon INDYCAR Series drivers trains at Pit Fit to keep themselves physically prepared for the demanding environment in an Indy car.
"The last few weeks going to the track and being at the races has given me the opportunity to kinda stand back and see the bigger picture."
While outside the car, Hinchcliffe has seen a side of the sport he hasn't seen for a number of years. From outside the car, the support from the fans and sponsors is much more apparent for the experienced driver. He's been enjoying his experience at the track with less responsibility as he is given the opportunity for reflection.
His Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team has been supported by great drivers in his absence, but his presence has always been felt within the team. James Hinchcliffe looks forward to getting back into the car in the offseason. He's slated to hit the ground running for the 2016 season.
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