Stefan Wilson and Katherine Legge were involved in a hardcore crash during practice for the Indy 500 on Monday with the latter sustaining a serious injury when his car hit the wall at high speed.
The two were going through turns 1 and 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the entire field seemed to slow down. Legge quickly approached Wilson and hit the back of his car. The two skidded into the wall with Legge hitting Wilson in the rear and Wilson nearly crashing head-on into the barrier.
Wilson was restrained and was wearing a neck brace before he was taken away. Legge got out of his car on his account.
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«I can tell you he’s doing well,» said IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief medical officer Dr. Julia Vaizer, adding: «He’s in good spirits.»
The Dreyer and Reinbold Racing team later announced that Wilson suffered a fractured vertebrae in the accident.
«After being transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further testing, it was revealed that Wilson suffered a fractured 12th thoracic vertebra and will be staying overnight for further testing and observation. Based on this type of injury, Wilson will not be able to compete in the tenth race of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday,» the team said. «The Dreyer and Reinbold Racing / Cusick Motorsports team will have more information on him in due course.»
Legge’s team said it would attempt to repair its car in time for Carb Day on Friday, when the teams have one last chance on track before the race. She is the only female pilot in the field this year.
«I know it’s another blow for the team. After yesterday, those guys don’t deserve it. It’s not right,» he said, referring to the team’s tough qualifying.
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Wilson’s brother, Justin Wilson, was the last IndyCar driver to be killed on the track. He was competing in a 2015 race at the Pocono when Sage Karam crashed in front of him and a part of the car struck Wilson’s helmet, sending him into the wall.
Associated Press contributed to this report.