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Doctors move IndyCar's Hinchcliffe out of intensive care as he continues recovery from surgery

  • James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, waits for his turn to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 17, 2015.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, waits for his turn to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • A truck carries the car of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, following a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015.  (AP Photo/John Maxwell)

    A truck carries the car of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, following a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/John Maxwell)  (The Associated Press)

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has been moved out of intensive care, two days after surgery on his left thigh and pelvic area following a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Series officials say the popular Canadian has made "substantial" improvement and is expected to make a full recovery. No additional surgery is expected.

Dr. Timothy Pohlman, the surgeon who worked on Hinchcliffe, says that the medical staff is pleased with what is has seen.

Hinchcliffe was injured Monday when he hit the wall in the third turn at Indianapolis, a crash caused by a broken suspension. A metal part pierced Hinchcliffe's left leg, causing significant blood loss.

He has been ruled out indefinitely, and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has not yet announced a replacement driver for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.