Will Power and Nelson Philippe each have sustained a concussion that will sideline them for today's qualifying. The two had a coming together in the morning practice for this weekend's Sonoma Infineon Raceway's IndyCar Series race. Prior to the...
Will Power and Nelson Philippe each have sustained a concussion that will sideline them for today's qualifying. The two had a coming together in the morning practice for this weekend's Sonoma Infineon Raceway's IndyCar Series race.
Prior to the incident at Turn 3A, Power had clocked a best lap on his fourth tour of the circuit with a 1:18.554 (105.542 mph) in his No. 12 Penske Racing Dallara/Honda. He had completed a total of 16 tours when the incident happened.
Philippe has a best lap time just prior to the incident on his 10th tour. The Conquest Racing rookie turned a 1:20.261 (103.299 mph).
Also involved in the incident was E.J. Viso in his HVM Racing Dallara/Honda, though he was not injured. Philippe apparently lost control into a spin before Viso tagged him before Power who was coming around the corner had nowhere to go before slamming into the Dallara of Philippe that was sitting on track just past the blind crest near Turn 4.
Both Power and Philippe were taken to Med Central for evaluation before being transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Power complaints included back pain so he was airlifted. Philippe has an injured left foot and was transported in an ambulance.
It is doubtful that the two injured drivers will be cleared to race by tomorrow. Both sustained injuries but both were awake and alert.
Dario Franchitti was fastest at the end of practice after the delay (red flag) followed by Helio Castroneves and rookie Mike Conway. This was the only practice for the teams prior to qualifying.
Medical update: Power was diagnose, per the Indy Racing League, with fractures to the L2 and L4 (lumbar) vertebrae. He was scheduled for magnetic resonance imaging. Philippe per his team sustained an "open fracture of the left foot and underwent surgery".