James Hinchcliffe became the latest driver to crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past week after hitting the wall hard during Indy 500 practice on Monday.
The 28-year-old is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital on his upper left thigh. Hinchcliffe was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit after surgery.
"Obviously we're relieved that James is awake and out of surgery," Sam Schmidt, owner of Hinchcliffe's team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, said in a statement released by the IndyCar Series. "That's the most important thing on our minds right now and we will do absolutely everything required to ensure a complete recovery."
According to ESPN, Hinchcliffe's thigh was pierced by part of the car during the accident and the equipment needed to be moved in order to free him from the vehicle. It took several minutes before he was removed by members of the medical staff, though he was awake and alert at the time.
Here's a look at video of the accident:
A mechanical failure in the front right suspension is believed to be responsible for the incident. He qualified 24th for Sunday's race and is currently eighth in the driver standings.
Former and current drivers tweeted their support for the Canadian.