Justin Wilson Medical Update, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Indy 200 Qualifying Report
This morning took an unexpected turn for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Justin Wilson, driver of the No. 22 Roll Coater machine, was involved in a single-car incident in this morning's practice for the Honda Indy 200.
Wilson was transported from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio by ground transportation. He has an anterior compression fracture of the fifth vertebra and will be kept overnight at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio. Wilson will be transported to Indianapolis tomorrow to meet with Dr. Terry Trammell.
Simon Pagenaud qualified the No. 22 Roll Coater entry and will substitute for Wilson for the Honda Indy 200 tomorrow. The Frenchman filled in for Ana Beatriz at Barber Motorsporrts Park this past April. Fortunately, he tested at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last week, which helped in his qualifying effort today. With each session the Frenchman continued to knock time off his lap times. Unfortunately, Pagenaud did not advance to the fast 12. He clocked a time of 1:09.3851 (117.155 mph) and will start 19th.
Ana Beatriz had a solid run in qualifying today. This weekend the Brazilian will be making her third appearance to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but her first in the top level of the sport. In 2008, she made her first start there in the Firestone Indy Lights Series where in the first race she started 19th and finished 14th and in the second race she started 14th and finished 5th. In 2009, she started 14th and finished 12th. As she diligently worked to make it into the fast twelve, Bia was nudged out in the end. The rookie will start 25th (1:10.4537, 115.378 mph) on the grid for tomorrow's race.
What they have to say...
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Roll Coater: "I want to thank Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for giving me the opportunity. I feel really sorry for Justin, he's a good friend and you never wish for this kind of situation to happen. I'm glad that Dreyer & Reinbold Racing asked me to represent him and the team. I'm pleased that they have confidence in me to do the job. It was a bit of a rush really. I was watching practice in the infield and for the first time I didn't bring my gear, maybe because I don't have an insane mind thinking that someone could get hurt. Thank you very much to a lot of the drivers in the IndyCar paddock for helping me and lending me their stuff to use. All in all, the car was really good in qualifications. The work is all down to me now. I think the car is very well set-up by Justin and the team. I was a bit cold turkey going in, so I'm pretty pleased with the performance and we were only a tenth off of transferring to the next session. It was good fun out there and the car feels good. It's great to be back in Mid-Ohio."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "It's been a very hard weekend for us and we may need to make big changes, but we won't give up. We will keep working hard and hopefully tomorrow we can find something in me and the car to have a good race. I also want to wish all of my best to Justin."
Dennis Reinbold, Co-Owner Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: "First and foremost, we want to wish Justin Wilson all of the best. He is a big part of our team and its unfortunate he will not be able to race the No. 22 car tomorrow. I want to thank our team, Simon Pagenaud and Derrick Walker for their professionalism under today's circumstances. We've worked with Simon in the past and are pleased to have him represent Justin Wilson, Roll Coater and DRR for tomorrow's race. We'll keep working on setup for both entries to put us in good position for tomorrow afternoon."