FONTANA, California - Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson will spend a day or two in the Arrowhead Hospital here in Fontana, CA after a horrific six-car crash on lap 111 during the MAV-TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Wilson suffered three fractures of his pelvis and a bruised rib when his car spun in turn two and was T-boned by Tristan Vautier’s car.
“It just wiggled and I tried to catch it but it just came around,” reflected Wilson from his bed side in California. “I was not where I needed to be on the angle of the exit and if you get that wrong then the aerodynamics and the track seams can really get you and they certainly did.”
Wilson spent the night at Arrowhead Hospital for further mobility and therapy observations tomorrow. He is in hopes of getting back to his home in Colorado as soon as possible.
“Justin is in good spirits, but a lot of pain from his 63 G (lateral g-forces) crash,” commented team owner Dale Coyne. “The doctors say he will be 6 to 8 weeks of non-load bearing on his right leg before he can start rehab. Knowing Justin, he will be back on his mountain bike before you know it.”
Wilson was running well in the race, moving up through the field. His second stint on tires was as fast as the leaders and the entire Boy Scouts of America crew where looking for a great finish tonight. But it was not to be.
The MavTV 500 would be a race of attrition with several cars out by crashes. Wilson’s teammate Pippa Mann, driving the No. 18 Cyclops Gear, was taken out when Sebastien Saavadrea lost a tire on lap 71 and along with his spinning car careening up the track only to pin the innocent Mann against the outside wall ending her 500 mile run.
“The car was running good after we settled in for the start of the race,” commented Mann. “We really wanted a great finish here, but after it all I am just thankful that Justin is going to be alright.”
So the seasoned team heads back to their home shop in Plainfield proud of the efforts of the year, three cars in Indy, a dominant showing in Detroit and in the end Justin would end up sixth in the overall point standings. This is all a great testimony to this hard worked team.
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