Fontana, Calif. (20 October 2013) – Justin Wilson had been hoping to close out the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season on a high note at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night, but his race came to an abrupt early end when his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was involved in a multi-car incident on Lap 111 of the MAVTV 500.
The No. 19 machine suffered a hard hit from another car in the incident and the Dale Coyne Racing driver was assisted from his car by the IndyCar Safety team and transported to the hospital for evaluation. IndyCar announced that Justin had sustained non-operable pelvic fractures and a small pulmonary contusion and was kept overnight at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for further observation.
Justin had entered the season-finale fourth in the IndyCar championship standings and had looked to carry the momentum of what has been his most successful IndyCar season thus far into the Fontana event. Unfortunately, his weekend did not get off to a great start when a mechanical issue on the Boy Scouts of America machine developed just as Justin was heading out for his qualifying run on Friday.
The Dale Coyne Racing team worked hard to make repairs for Saturday’s race, but without a qualifying time Justin was forced to start deep in the field for the 500-mile event. As the 500-mile race opened with a fast opening stint of green-flag running, he fought to stay on the lead lap as the handling was not as the 2012 Texas Motor Speedway race winner had been hoping for and he ran 16th when the incident occurred.
Justin, who scored four podiums, seven top-fives, and 13 top-10s this year, completed the season sixth in the point standings which marks his best IndyCar championship finish. The hard-training Briton took to Twitter (@justin_wilson) on Sunday morning to offer his appreciation for all the support he has received as he looks forward to making rapid progress on his healing process.
"Thanks for all the well wishes," tweeted Justin. "I'm doing OK. I'm told I have 3 fractures to the pelvis, and so far they believe no surgery is needed."
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