Occasional IndyCar driver Pippa Mann has been diagnosed with a fracture in her back after her heavy practice accident during the last championship round at New Hampshire, it has been revealed.
The 28-year-old Briton – making her second outing of the season with Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan after her Indy 500 debut with Conquest Racing – crashed heavily during practice and was forced to sit out Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s action-packed race.
After being hospitalised following the crash, she was transferred to Indianapolis for further assessment by the series’ medical staff, where she was diagnosed with an end-plate fracture of her C7 vertebra.
It is not yet known if her injury will keep her out of action at her next scheduled appearance, which is the Kentucky Speedway round in early October.
Coincidentally, she becomes the second IndyCar driver to be sidelined with a spinal fracture after compatriot Justin Wilson was injured in a practice accident at Mid-Ohio just two weeks earlier.
[Image via IZOD IndyCar Series]