Briscoe, 33, won the pole position for the race in 2012 and has nine Indy 500s to his credit. He finished fifth in 2012 and fifth in 2007.The Sydney, Australia, native competed in all 18 Verizon IndyCar Series events last year while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. He earned 10 top-10 finishes in 2014, including a fourth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in July.MORE: Briscoe family embraces change as wife becomes ESPN anchorMessages to Briscoe and team co-owner Sam Schmidt were not immediately returned Wednesday.Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has a press conference scheduled Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.SCHMIDT: Safety workers may have saved Hinchcliffe’s lifeHinchcliffe was injured Monday when his car crashed after part of the right front suspension broke. A portion of the suspension assembly’s wishbone pierced Hinchcliffe’s left thigh. He underwent more than four hours of surgery to repair soft tissue damage at IU Health Methodist Hospital.Hinchcliffe was transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit Wednesday and will require no further procedures at this time according to a statement from IndyCar, who said the driver is expected to make a full recovery.“We’re very pleased with his progress and his condition continues to improve,” said Dr. Timothy Pohlman, Senior Staff Trauma Surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital, who performed the surgery. “Our expectation, in consultation with the IndyCar medical staff, is that a normal recovery is to be expected.”(Greg Hester, USA TODAY Sports) The person asked not to be identified because the information wasn’t public. Ryan Briscoe, shown here at the 2014 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, will take the wheel for for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. (Tom E. Puskar, AP)INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Briscoe will replace injured driver James Hinchcliffe for the Indianapolis 500, a person close to the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.
In the top of the eighth inning, Kendrick homered to left (417 feet), Soto scored. In addition, center fielder Victor Robles singled to left, Parra scored. Also, Cabrera singled to left, Robles scored and Cabrera to second. At the top of the first inning, right fielder Adam Eaton reached on bunt single to catcher, Turner scored on error by first baseman Bell. In addition to, first baseman Howie Kendrick grounded out to third, Eaton scored. Max Scherzer pitched a very strong four innings for Washington. Scherzer allowed four hits and three strikeouts while pitching. Hunter Strickland allowed one hit and zero strikeouts in relief for Washington. The Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday evening at PNC Park. The Nationals’ record currently stands at 70-57. The Pirates drop to 52-75. Finally, at the top of the ninth, third baseman Anthony Rendon homered to left, (432 feet). With a win over the Pirates, the Nationals head to Chicago to play the Cubs starting tomorrow at 2:20pm. Pitching for the Nationals is Anibal Sanchez. Please follow and like us: