Justin Wilson In A Coma Following ‘IndyCar’ Crash
British race car driver Justin Wilson remains hospitalized and in a coma following a dangerous incident at the Pocono Raceway during a race last August 23. He suffered a “severe head injury” and is currently in the intensive care unit of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
IndyCar says the driver remains in critical condition.
The incident happened during the ABC Supply 500 race at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. According to Black Flag, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Sage Karam spun out on lap 179. Karam’s Chevrolet then ended up on the outside wall. Debris went flying around the track as a result.
Wilson was struck by the helmet
Wilson, who was driving his Andretti Autosport Honda, was then struck in the helmet by Karam’s nosecone. After this, Wilson’s car hit the track’s interior wall. Wilson’s teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, told Black Flag that Wilson was unconscious after the hit. BBC reports that Wilson was airlifted following the incident.
Meanwhile, IndyCar reports that Karam is doing well. IndyCar Medical Consultant Dr. Terry Trammell has said that CT scans reveal that Karam did not suffer any broken bones from the incident. Nonetheless, the 20-year old will be re-evaluated before he can be cleared to drive again.
Wilson continues to be on Karam’s mind. He said, “First and foremost, I just hope everything is OK with Justin Wilson. Justin is the priority and everything else is secondary at this point.”
Wilson’s Formula 1 family sends him well wishes
Before racing in IndyCar, Wilson was actually a Formula 1 driver, having raced for Minardi and Jaguar during the 2003. Formula 1 drivers were quick to give their well wishes to Wilson.
— Honda Racing F1 (@HondaRacingF1) August 24, 2015
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) August 24, 2015
Keep boxing @justin_wilson thinking of you and your family matey.
— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) August 24, 2015
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 24, 2015
— Will Stevens (@WillStevens_) August 24, 2015
The motorsport community has been through a lot recently but all over the world we will stick together. Stay strong my man @justin_wilson
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 24, 2015
Lets all pray that Justin Wilson pulls through this. #PrayForJustin
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) August 24, 2015
All our thoughts & prayers are with @justin_wilson & his family right now. A much-loved member of the motorsport family.
— Manor F1 Team (@ManorF1Team) August 24, 2015
— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) August 24, 2015
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