Sonoma: Conquest Racing report on Philippe accident

Nelson Philippe Injured in Crash, Conquest Racing to Sit Out Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma, CA (August 22, 2009) - After an on-track incident involving Conquest Racing's Nelson Philippe and Team Penske's Will Power, Conquest Racing...

Nelson Philippe Injured in Crash, Conquest Racing to Sit Out Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Sonoma, CA (August 22, 2009) - After an on-track incident involving Conquest Racing's Nelson Philippe and Team Penske's Will Power, Conquest Racing announced Saturday afternoon that they have pulled out of this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma due to an injury sustained by Philippe in the crash.

Philippe suffered an open fracture of the left foot and underwent surgery Saturday afternoon. The Frenchman, who also suffered a concussion, will be kept overnight for observation.

Philippe's #34 Conquest Racing/I Drive Green car spun at the exit of Turn 3, a blind and downhill portion of the circuit, and came to a stop on the left side of the racetrack, in the ‘racing' line. While E.J. Viso attempted to avoid the car and only clipped the front of the #34 machine with his left-rear tire, Power, also cresting the hill, was not as fortunate and couldn't avoid the debris and hit the right side of Philippe's car.

"We never want to have to pull out of a race, especially under these circumstances," said Conquest team owner Eric Bachelart. "While we regret not being able to participate in this weekend's event, the most important thing is that Nelson will be alright. It was a scary incident and we wish both Nelson and Will speedy recoveries."

-credit: cr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nelson Philippe
Teams Team Penske , Conquest Racing