English driver Justin Wilson has been airlifted to hospital with a head injury after an accident late in the Indycar race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
Justin Ryan Hunter-Reay won the crash-filled IndyCar race but all focus was on his Andretti Autosport teammate Wilson, who was hit by a large piece of debris that broke off Sage Karam’s car when Karam spun into the wall.
Wilson’s car veered left and directly into an interior wall.
Wilson was swarmed by the safety crew and airlifted by helicopter from the track. IndyCar gave no details of his injuries beyond confirming the British driver sustained a head injury.
“It’s just a tough one right now,” said Michael Andretti, car owner for both Wilson and Hunter-Reay.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Justin right now. We’re going to see. Hopefully he’s OK.”
Karam, was taken to a hospital with an injury to his right foot.
IndyCar had a subdued victory lane and Hunter-Reay was not sprayed with the traditional confetti.
The American said his thoughts were only with Wilson, an extremely popular driver in the paddock who speaks on behalf of his peers regarding safety and competition.
“I have no details right now. It’s a bit hard not knowing anything,” Hunter-Reay said.
Josef Newgarden was second and IndyCar points leader Juan Pablo Montoya finished third.
Montoya will take a 34-point lead over Graham Rahal into the season finale at Sonoma Raceway next weekend.
New Zealand’s Scott Dixon, who finished ninth, trails Montoya by 47 points.
Australian Will Power, who finished fourth, is 61 points back.
Montoya started the race with a nine-point lead over Rahal who was involved in an early crash. Montoya’s cushion went from nine points to 35 with next Sunday’s finale in Sonoma set to decide the title.
The finale is worth double points, and six drivers will head to California in contention for the title. Hunter-Reay is mathematically eliminated, but picked up his second win of the season in what’s been a disappointing year for Andretti and Honda.