Sunday, August 23, 2015
LONG POND, Pa. — "Justin Wilson was transported by helicopter to a hospital Sunday after he appeared to have been struck by a piece of debris from Sage Karam’s car when it crashed in front of him during the final laps of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
In a statement just after 9 p.m. ET Sunday, the Verizon IndyCar Series said:
“Wilson sustained 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 Cedar Crest Hospital 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. “
Karam was leading when his No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet spun on its own in Turn 1 on Lap 179 of the 200 lap race. As parts from his car littered the track, one of the pieces appeared to strike Wilson, who was trailing.
Wilson’s car immediately veered to the left and into the inside wall on the exit of Turn 1. Safety workers immediately arrived and frantically worked to extricate Wilson from the No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda.
The wall where Wilson hit was covered by a SAFER barrier.
Karam emerged from his car under his own power. He appeared to be shaken, but walked to an ambulance. He was later checked at the infield care center. IndyCar said he would be transported to Allentown as well, to evaluate a right foot injury.
IndyCar did not red flag the race for the incident, instead allowing a single file of cars to parade around the track as the safety crews worked.
POCONO: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins ABC Supply 500 under caution
Wilson, 37, is a native of Sheffield, England, who resides in Longmont, Colo. He has competed in American open-wheel racing since 2004, and competed in six races this season for Andretti Autosport, owned by former driver Michael Andretti.
“It’s a tough one right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Justin right now,” team owner Michael Andretti said after watching another of his drivers, Ryan-Hunter Reay, win the race under caution.
Hunter-Reay was subdued in the winner’s circle as Pocono Raceway and its fans fell silent.
“I saw the trucks around him. … First thoughts with Justin, for sure. He’s my friend. I have no details right now, so it’s a bit hard not knowing anything,” Hunter-Reay said. “I thought Justin was OK the whole time. I thought he was in an ambulance and was going to get a check.”
Hunter-Reay was later told that Wilson was “unconscious and not responding” when he was airlifted to the hospital.
Wilson’s brother, Stefan Wilson, who spent four seasons (2009-12) driving in Indy Lights, the Verizon IndyCar feeder system, tweeted that he was trying to get himself and Justin’s wife, Julia, to the area, but that he had no update on his brother’s condition.
Wilson, the tallest driver in the IndyCar Series at 6-4, has seven wins and 27 podiums in his U.S. open-wheel career.
Wilson competed in 20 Formula 1 races in 2003 before he moved to the United States and began racing in the Champ Car World Series for Conquest Racing. He joined RuSPORT for his second season in 2005, and won races at Toronto and Mexico City.
He finished second in the championship in the next two seasons before Champ Car merged with the Indy Racing League in 2008. He won three races in eight years, most recently at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA ON WILSON: ‘It’s one of our guys’
Wilson, in his eighth year in IndyCar, had been unsigned at the start of the 2015 season after spending the previous three seasons driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Andretti Autosport signed the Englishman to drive the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indy 500 in May and later announced that Wilson would drive the No. 25 car for the final five races of the 2015 season.
Wilson earned his first podium of the season at the previous race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 2, finishing second to Graham Rahal. Widely regarded as the nicest, most conscientious man in the paddock, Wilson sacrificed a chance to take the lead from Rahal because he understood the moment meant more to Rahal and Honda. Rahal, a championship contender, went on to win at what he considers his home track; Wilson finished second.
Fan support has always been behind Wilson. In 2003, his management team developed a program giving individuals a chance to invest in his career. Hundreds of people bought shares in him.
Wilson has been one of three driver representatives to IndyCar along with Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, and he recently offered a plan to help protect fans from flying debris. Instead of exploring space-age fencing, he suggested moving grandstands to the infield of oval tracks, where the debris field would be far less likely to be sprayed.
“That’s why smart rally fans stand on the inside of a corner, at the apex, and the stupid ones stand on the outside where an out-of-control car is going to go about 95 percent of the time,” Wilson told Racer.com.
This is the first season IndyCar is using aero kits with multiple pieces, many of which fly off during contact. A fan was injured in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla., when she was struck by flying debris from one of the cars."
-CREDIT TO USA TODAY
We Here At The NASCAR Source Come Together with the Motorsports Family! We send our Prayers to Justin and the Whole Wilson Family! This Week For Justin we will have his victory photo from Texas as Our Background Photo. Where the Sprint Cup Winner would normally go.
43 Gladiators entered the last great coliseum; 1 Gladiator walked out victorious and his name is Joey Logano. In the 3rd to last race before the chase Joey Logoano capitalized and took yet another win his 3rd of 2015!
At the beginning of the race Michael Anett lost an engine ending his night early and placing him 43rd on the grid. At the beginning of the race on track Three wide racing, lapped cars, and Denny Hamlin have all been common factors. At lap 41 the 27 of Paul Menard got loose but had no issues keeping it under power and the race under green! At lap 51 the caution came out for debris in turn 3 which gave teams their first shots at adjusting their chariots. The green came back out at lap 57 and the action intensified! At lap 113 Matt Kenseth had looked to have yet another dominating car until his engine let go. Matt would finish 42nd at a track he won at in March. At lap 125 Kyle Larson lost a tire and the caution would come out once again. We go back to green at lap 132 but not before Kevin Harvick has to go back to the back for having to many men over the wall. AJ Almindingers' weekend was yet another dissapointing weekend and went from bad to worse when he was spun making contact with the inside wall. At lap 150 the field came back to green with Denny Hamlin leading in A green flag run that would last another 100 laps. Joey Logano would lead At lap 250 (Halfway) when the caution flew once again for debris. At lap 254 the green flag would be displayed once again. At lap 300 Kyle Busch would lead with 200 laps to go. Kyle won the Xfinity Race last night at this lap. At lap 354 Carl Edwards had a flat tire placing him 2 laps down and out of contention until the end. At lap 358 Kyle Larsons' night would come to an abrupt end when he made hard contact with the outside wall for the second time of the night. At lap 367 the 22 of Logano would once again be out front.On lap 371 Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and David Ragan would attempt 3 wide but would send Ragan to the inside wall and Bowyer spinning. MWR did not need this tonight but will overcome in 2 weeks at Darlington! At lap 378 The green would be displayed once again, 383 saw 17 spin and hit the outside wall head on. At lap 380 with almost 100 to go the green flew once again. With 100 to go Joey Logoano would lead once again in what would look like a reservation at Victory Lane! Debris would bring out the final caution of the night! At lap 437 the Blanco Deauce would lead them to green but he'd fall back leaving it to Kevin Harvick and Joey Logoano to Duel it out! With 50 to go Joey was in the lead with Harvick charging in pursuit. White flag flew and Kevin had one more chance but he did not take the lead and ended in 2nd for the 10th time of 2015.
1 22 Joey Logano
2 4 Kevin Harvick
3 11 Denny Hamlin
4 48 Jimmie Johnson
5 15 Clint Bowyer
6 2 Brad Keselowski
7 19 Carl Edwards
8 18 Kyle Busch
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr
10 31 Ryan Newman
NASCAR Source Driver Of The Week
Clint Bowyer Deserves this award this week! He raced hard all night long and despite a crash in the early stages he still finished 5th putting himself into the chase for now at least. Congrats Clint!
NASCAR Source Winning Move Of The Race
Joey Did what He needed to do. His winning ways are peaking at the perfect time!
NASCAR Source Thank You Note!
I want to thank Bristol Motor Speedway for giving me the opportunity for going into the garage and getting everything I could! I have an interview that'll be posted tomorrow with NASCAR Trucks driver Ben Kennedy. Also some personal stories to share about my first time in the garage as a media representative.
Also want to thank Ryan Ellis Rodney Childers, Jeff Clark, John Wes Townleys' Truck Team, Leavine Family Racing, and Team Penske for their Hospitality this weekend! I greatly appreciate it everyone! I hope to see many of you many more times in the future!