Justin Wilson has fractured a bone in his back after a seemingly innocuous-looking accident in Saturday’s practice session for the IndyCars’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
The 33-year-old Briton ran his Dreyer & Reinbold run car wide at Turn 1 over the grass before bottoming out on a perpendicular access road, which led to the injury. He was extricated form the car and taken to the local Mansfield MedCentral hospital, where the diagnosis was made.
It is expected he will remain there overnight before being transferred to to Indianapolis, where he will meet with series medical boss Dr Terry Trammell.
Shortly after, the team confirmed that American Le Mans Series driver Simon Pagenaud will substitute for Wilson in qualifying and stand in for him during the race. The Frenchman happened to be at the circuit as a spectator, and previously substituted for Wilson’s team-mate Ana Beatriz earlier in the season when she broke her wrist.
[Original image via IZOD IndyCar Media]