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James Hinchcliffe is no longer looking for a way to get into the Indianapolis 500.
The Canadian driver used a Twitter post Wednesday to announce that, “barring unforeseen circumstances,” he would not start Sunday’s race and a decision had been made to stop “pursuing other options” after he failed to make the 33-car field during qualifying last weekend.
“There aren’t really words to describe how missing this race feels,” he wrote. “At the end of the day, we simply didn’t get the job done. No excuses. This is our reality and we will face it head on, we will use it as motivation and we will come back stronger.”EDITOR’S PICKS
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Missing IndyCar’s showcase race, which is worth double points, likely takes Hinchcliffe out of the series championship hunt. He is currently fifth in the points standings.
It appears the only way Hinchcliffe could race now would be in the unlikely event another driver is injured during Friday’s final practice session and wasn’t cleared to drive in time for race day. Even then, it could be tough because he is the face of a national advertising campaign for Honda, eliminating the possibility he could drive a Chevrolet-powered car.
The Honda spots featuring Hinchcliffe are expected to run throughout the race and the primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car, Arrow Electronics, has its name on temporary suites set up in the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The other driver who failed to make the field, Pippa Mann, was not expected to find a way into the race. But many figured Hinchcliffe, one of the series’ most popular and highest-profile regulars, would find another ride at the expense of less decorated or experienced driver.
Speculation centered primarily on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates: Jay Howard, an Indy 500-only driver, and rookie Robert Wickens, who crashed in Monday’s practice. Instead of putting Hinchcliffe into one of those cars, team owner Sam Schmidt got Hinchcliffe’s sponsors to approve using their logos on the other cars in the team’s stable.
When race purists celebrated the return of bumping during qualifying at Indy, nobody expected Hinchcliffe to be in this position. A combination of rain, bad timing and bad luck was simply too much to overcome. His slower than expected four-lap qualifying average on the first attempt following a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay Saturday was the only official attempt he made.
Four of his six Indy starts have come from the first three rows including the No. 1 spot in 2016. But he has had only two top-10 finishes on the speedway’s 2.5-mile oval — sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2016.
But, as Hinchcliffe has noted repeatedly, he’s also been through worse.
In 2015, he suffered a life-threatening injury when he crashed and a broken piece of his car punctured his leg and cut an artery. He missed the rest of the season but returned the next year and claimed Indy’s prized pole position.
“He’s had a lot worse days here so that helps keep it in perspective,” Schmidt said.
Hinchcliffe has taken responsibility for what happened and he has started focusing on the series’ next stop.
“I’m sorry we can’t be on the track for you Sunday, but we will be pushing hard for the wins in Detroit,” he wrote. “I wish all 33 drivers a fast and safe race. I will be watching and cheering on my SPM teammates. See you in Detroit.”A Memorial Day weekend tradition that dates back to 1965 will come to an end Sunday, May 27, as ABC’s 54th telecast of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race brings a five-decade long streak to a close, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and history.
The telecast of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” begins with a pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET and then polesitter Ed Carpenter will lead the field of 33 to the green flag at 12:19 p.m. The race telecast of the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series is presented by Firestone and is also available on the ESPN App and the WatchABC App.
Allen Bestwick will call the race, joined in the booth for analysis by former series drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. The announcer team also will include pit reporters Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe will host the Pennzoil pre-race show from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda, and SportsCenter reporter Marty Smith will join the pre-race show and take viewers inside some of the activities going on around the track.
The relationship between ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been one of the longest-running between a network and a sporting event, with the race first airing on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in 1965.
“We have had a wonderful and rewarding relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and INDYCAR and it has been our distinct honor to be partners for so many years,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming & Scheduling. “We wish them all the best in the future.”
Production Utilizing Record 110 Cameras
The Indianapolis 500 telecast, which is annually one of ESPN’s largest and most complex television productions, will utilize a record 110 cameras, covering on-track action from dozens of locations and providing unique viewpoints such as from the pace car, a crew member’s helmet, a parachutist and cameras on cars competing in the race. The camera count also will include the use of four Super So-Mo cameras placed in all four turns of the track to enhance replay coverage.
With the revised design of cars used in the IndyCar Series this year creating more opportunities for camera placements, fans will be seeing different views and angles from four onboard cameras per car carried by 14 drivers in the race. Viewers of the ABC telecast will have the option of a second screen experience through a choice of live streaming video from the onboard cameras on the ESPN App, also including team radio communications.
Drivers carrying onboard cameras will include Danica Patrick, who is competing in the final race of her career, defending Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden as well as former race winners Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi. Also carrying onboard cameras will be the cars of Graham Rahal, Jay Howard, Robert Wickens, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach, Will Power and Ed Jones.
Sato and Rahal will be wearing Visor Cam, a tiny camera mounted to their helmets, creating a unique view from the perspective of the driver and a true portrayal of how it feels to be inside the car. Also, Blair Julian, left front tire changer for Dixon’s pit crew, will be wearing an “over the wall” camera on his helmet, giving viewers an up-close and personal look at what a pit stop looks like from someone on the front lines.
The production will be supported by 150 technical crew members and will include 210 microphones, 16 EVS machines with 123 record and playback channels, nine mobile units and four uplinks transmitting 17 satellite paths. Some 170,000 feet of fiber cable will connect the equipment.
ESPN’s production of the race telecast will be led by senior coordinating producer Amy Rosenfeld and coordinating producer Kate Jackson, with Jim Gaiero producing and Bruce Watson directing. Jackson will produce the pre-race show with Chip Dean directing.
Features in Indy 500 Coverage
The opening tease for the telecast depicts the Indy 500 as a journey that is about more than the 500 miles – it’s a tradition and a race against time and the drivers and legends that have come before.
Among the features that will air during the pre-race show or in SportsCenter’s Indianapolis 500 coverage:Editions of SportsCenter Friday-Sunday will carry reports from the Speedway, including segments with anchor Nicole Briscoe and reporter Marty Smith. Briscoe will have a SportsCenter Sunday Conversation with the winner that will air in the evening editions of the program. Reporter Ryan McGee also will contribute to the SportsCenter coverage from Indy. Danica Patrick, making the final start of her career, appeared live on SportsCenter:AM on Tuesday morning with three-time race winner Helio Castroneves and 1998 winner (and ESPN analyst) Eddie Cheever also scheduled for SportsCenter appearances this week. SportsCenter also will air a feature with defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and ESPN senior writer Sam Alipour doing standup comedy and an ESPN E:60 interview with Patrick, who will be hosting the ESPY Awards in July, by Hannah Storm.
ESPN.com will have on-site coverage of the Indy 500 with motorsports reporter Bob Pockrass and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. In addition to daily news updates and reports, the site also plans in-depth features including Danica Patrick’s new life without racing after Sunday (Friday, Pockrass); ABC’s last Indy 500 after 54 years (Friday, McGee) and Can Josef Newgarden be the new face of IndyCar? Does he want to be? (Saturday, Pockrass).
ESPN App – ABC’s telecast of the Indianapolis 500 also will be streaming live on the ESPN App. Race fans will also have the option of a second-screen experience on the ESPN App during the Indy 500 telecast with a selection of streaming video from onboard cameras, also including team radio communications. Fourteen drivers in the race will be carrying onboard cameras.
ESPN Radio – The ESPN Radio program Marty & McGee, hosted by Marty Smith and Ryan McGee, will air live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday morning, May 26, at 7 a.m. ET
ESPN+ — Race fans can watch dozens of historic Indianapolis 500 races stretching back to the 1960’s on ESPN+, the recently launched direct-to-consumer subscription sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN. The collection of Indianapolis 500 films is part of an unmatched on-demand sports library on ESPN+, which also includes the entire award-winning 30 for 30 documentary film series and hundreds more hours of content. ESPN+ also offers thousands of live events and exclusive original programs, all for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year).
ESPN International — In addition to television in the United States on ABC, ESPN also distributes Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts through a combination of ESPN networks and syndication to more than 170 countries and 100 million homes. In addition, U.S. troops serving overseas and on Navy vessels around the world can watch live via a broadcast agreement between ESPN and the American Forces Network.
ESPN Player — Again this year, ESPN Player will bring fans across Europe (excluding the UK & France), the Middle East, Africa and now parts of Asia live and on-demand coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series season as a channel on the digital subscription service. ESPN Player is available on Mac, PC, iPad, iOS mobile and Android mobile, with high quality streaming on all devices. Information is available at ESPNPlayer.com.
ESPN The Magazine — ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “World Fame 100” issue, which goes on newsstands Friday, May 25, contains content related to the Indianapolis 500. In “Hang Time,” written by Sam Alipour, defending Verizon IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden knows how to pick a line on the track. But can he do it live on a comedy stage?
ESPN Classic started helping fans get ready for the Indy 500 with airings of classic Indy 500 races throughout the week of the race. The airings began Monday, May 21, at 6 a.m. with the 2012 race and will continue all day and night through Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m.
ABC Television – ABC’s Good Morning America Weekend will cover the Indianapolis 500 with ABC News senior meteorologist Rob Marciano reporting live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday (subject to breaking news). Check local listings. Fans can also watch the race on the WatchABC App.