Alonso leads the prayers as IndyCar’s Wilson fights for life
The motor racing world united in prayer and support yesterday as British IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson remained in a coma after sustaining severe head injuries during a wreck the previous day.
The 37-year-old from Sheffield was still “in critical condition” in intensive care in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The former Formula One driver was struck by debris from another car during the closing laps of the penultimate race in the IndyCar Series at the Pocono Raceway oval.
Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart sent his plane to Wilson’s home in Colorado so that his family could travel as quickly as possible to be with the driver.
Wilson’s Andretti Autosport team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay, who went on to win the 500-mile race on Sunday, tweeted: “Praying for Justin Wilson & his family. Can’t say enough about him as a person, friend & teammate.”
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, world champion in 2005 and ’06, tweeted: “All our thoughts are with @justin_wilson and his family. We are praying for a quick and full recovery. Be strong Justin.”
Wilson’s accident was reminiscent of a 2009 incident when Brazil’s Felipe Massa was struck in the helmet by a spring from Rubens Barichello’s car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix and had to undergo surgery.
Wilson car careened out of control and into a wall after being hit by a large piece of debris from an accident ahead of him on the track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The Englishman was then airlifted to hospital.
“IndyCar continues to send its thoughts and prayers to the family and thanks the entire motorsports community for the outpouring of support,” IndyCar said in a statement.
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