BIRMINGHAM, AL - APRIL 27: James Hinchcliffe of Canada and #27 Andretti Autosport during the Honda Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama on April 27, 2014 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Ryan Hunter-Reay of #28 Andretti Autosport won his second in a row at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car during the Honda Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama on April 27, 2014 at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo: Michael Chang/Getty Images)

James Hinchcliffe was re-evaluated by the Medical Staff Thursday and has been cleared to return to the cockpit of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda after he passed a closed concussion test.

Hinchcliffe suffered the head injury when he was hit by the end plate off Justin Wilson’s front wing after it made contact with Simon Pagenaud’s car in last Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hinchcliffe has been cleared to resume all driving duties including practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe, who suffered the concussion during the May 10 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, will take the wheel of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda Thursday afternoon in preparations for qualifying this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“It goes without saying, I’m thrilled to be back in the United Fiber and Data car,” Hinchcliffe said. “It’s been a long couple of days watching everyone practice but obviously getting healthy was the No. One goal. I really want to thank everyone at INDYCAR Safety, INDYCAR Medical and IU Health for their great care.

“Also, to Jim Leo with PitFit Training for helping with the rehabilitation and of course a big thanks to E.J. Viso and the team for all the hard work during practice. The car looks fast and I can’t wait to get out there and get up to speed.”

More to follow …

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