INDYCAR announced Thursday afternoon that James Hinchcliffe has been cleared to drive by their medical staff.
Hinchcliffe, who suffered a concussion during last Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis, was re-evaluated and past the post-concussion ImPACT test, according to INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger.
"It goes without saying, I'm thrilled to be back in the United Fiber & Data car," said Hinchcliffe. "It's been a long couple of days watching everyone practice, but obviously getting healthy was the number one goal. I really want to thank everyone at INDYCAR Safety, INDYCAR Medical and IU Health for their great care. Also, to Jim Leo with PitFit Training for helping with the rehabilitation, and of course a big thanks to E.J. (Viso) and the team for all the hard work during practice. The car looks fast and I can't wait to get out there and get up to speed."
The Canadian is expected to hit the 2.5-mile course for the first time this afternoon. When he returns to the car it'll be with fresh Honda power plant, as E.J. Viso --who was subbing in the No. 27-- blew an engine earlier in the session.