IRL: Unser crewman injured at St. Louis

Anton Julian, left-rear tire changer for Al Unser Jr., was injured in a freak accident on pit lane while servicing Unser's Kelly Racing Toyota Dallara. On lap forty, with the first set of pit stops under way, while the field was under caution,...

Anton Julian, left-rear tire changer for Al Unser Jr., was injured in a freak accident on pit lane while servicing Unser's Kelly Racing Toyota Dallara.

On lap forty, with the first set of pit stops under way, while the field was under caution, Buddy Lazier and Bryan Herta made contact as they exited to return to the Gateway International Raceway track. Herta's car swung into the pit box of Unser's team, making contact with Unser's car.

Julian, a New Zealand native, was airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital in, at the time, serious condition. After arrival at the hospital, he was upgraded to fair condition and will remain overnight for further evaluation.

Early reports indicate a knee injury and mild concussion. Dr. Henry Bock will have a further medical update Monday morning.

The accident ended Unser's and Herta's race.

"Bryan (Herta) had nowhere to go, he went into Unser's pit box," explained Michael Andretti, the owner of Herta's car. "He's very shaken by it, it's a bad deal. The accident was nobody's fault. We hope the injury is not serious and he will be okay. These things just happen sometimes."

Unser commented, "I was preparing to leave and got rear-ended, and one of my crew members, Anton Julian, was injured. That ended my day, but right now, my thoughts are with Anton. We're looking forward to a good report from the hospital on his condition."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Michael Andretti , Bryan Herta