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INDIANAPOLIS — James Hinchcliffe’s girlfriend says the IndyCar driver was awake and communicating Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery on his left thigh.

Kristen Dee made the statement on her Facebook page and says the Canadian driver is “doing amazingly.” The post also thanked fans for support.

Hinchcliffe is one of IndyCar’s most popular drivers. He was injured in a frightening crash at Indianapolis on Monday afternoon.

He lost control of the car when the suspension broke, slamming hard into the third turn wall and nearly flipping the car over.

He was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he had surgery and was placed in intensive care in stable condition.

The Associated Press

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