Former Minardi and Jaguar driver Justin Wilson is currently in a “critical condition” following an accident in the closing stages of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday night, the penultimate race of the current IndyCar season.
Wilson was hit on the head by a nosecone which flew into the air after Sage Karam crashed from the lead of the race. Wilson then veered his Andretti Autosport-Honda to the left of the track into the wall on the inside. Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he has been joined by his family. Karam was also hurt, but not seriously.
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The race itself, held on the 2.5-mile triangular oval, featured over ten caution (safety car) periods, a record number of lead changes, a fox on the track at one point and even seven-wide racing.
Wilson, 37 raced in F1 in 2003, scoring one point, before switching to Champ Car for 2004. He has taken seven race victories since 2004, and was set to be announced as Andretti’s fourth driver for 2016, having driven for them part-time in IndyCar and in Formula E this year.
Everybody’s thoughts remain with Wilson’s family, friends and colleagues at this time.