[VIDEO] IndyCar Racer Justin Wilson In Coma Following Accident At Pocono Raceway
IndyCar racer Justin Wilson was airlifted Sunday from Pocono Raceway after being struck in the head with a piece of debris from another car and the Indy Star reports he is still in a coma one day following the accident.
Wilson was hit with the debris, after fellow racer Sage Karam’s car collided with the wall, which caused a piece of Karam’s vehicle to break off and hit Wilson in the head as he was passing.
Wilson was immediately airlifted out of the racetrack and his teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, said he was scared because Wilson was not conscious or responding at the time he was airlifted.
IndyCar released the following statement:
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson suffered a severe head injury during today’s event at Pocono Raceway. Wilson is currently in a coma and in critical condition while undergoing further evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.
IndyCar sends its thoughts and prayers to Justin, his family and Andretti Autosport during this difficult time.
Additional updates to Wilson’s condition will be released when available.
Thirty-seven-year-old Wilson is from Sheffield, England, and has won three races during his eight seasons competing in IndyCar. His last victory came in 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway. He didn’t have a full-time ride at the beginning of this season, but eventually reached a deal with Micheal Andretti to join his team for seven races.
“It’s just a tough one right now,” Andretti said to ESPN. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Justin right now. We’re going to see. Hopefully, he’s OK.”