Longmont, Colorado (24 October 2013) – He has done it before, and he is eager to do it again.
IndyCar pilot Justin Wilson returned home to Colorado this week to begin his recovery process after suffering injuries in a lap 111 accident in the 2013 IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California last weekend.
Wilson suffered a pulmonary contusion as well as three fractures to his pelvis from the impact, which saw the front of a competitor’s car make lateral (t-bone) contact with the right side of Wilson’s DW12. The recovery process will require several weeks of inactivity for Wilson.
The order to keep off his feet is a big adjustment for Wilson, who in addition to his duties as a doting dad to his two young daughters (daughter Jess, pictured left gave her dads crutches a try...), stays extremely active with a comprehensive training program that integrates long-distance cycling, mountain biking, and weight training.
Wilson has a recent precedent for this process after suffering a back injury in practice at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in August, 2011. But after sitting out the final six races of the IndyCar season, Wilson returned to 2012 race duty in fine form, winning in his first race back with a breakthrough victory for Michael Shank Racing in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.
While obeying doctors orders and keeping off his feet will be key to his healing, the affable Briton has already also benefited from an outpouring of support from a wide range of sources.
“It has been amazing, several of the drivers came and visited me in the hospital and everyone has called, tweeted, or texted me just saying ‘get well fast’. It has been a little overwhelming,” said Wilson. “I’d like to respond to everyone, but I think it would be impossible! I am grateful for the support, and it is really encouraging for me.”
The primary partner on Wilson’s No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda-powered machine was the Boy Scouts of America, and the group was another outlet of support as the national council organized a section of the website for Scouts from across the country to wish Wilson a speedy recovery Get well wishes for Justin
Further updates to follow as Wilson makes progress back towards race action.
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