IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital after debris from a crash in front of him struck him in the head during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. According to reports, Wilson was "unconscious and not responding" when he arrived at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.
Wilson's No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda was several cars behind race leader Sage Karem, who lost control of his No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at the front of the pack on lap 179 out of 200. Karem's car collided with the outside wall, sending debris flying all over the track. Wilson was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the heavy carbon fiber nosecone of Karem's car struck him in the head.
Ryan-Hunter Reay went on to win the race. "First thoughts with Justin, for sure. He's my friend. I have no details right now, so it's a bit hard not knowing anything," Hunter-Reay said after the race. "I thought Justin was okay the whole time. I thought he was in an ambulance and was going to get a check."
In a press release, IndyCar officials confirmed that Wilson is in a coma and in critical condition.
LONG POND, Pa. (August 23, 2015) – INDYCAR driver Justin Wilson suffered a severe head injury during today's event at Pocono Raceway. Wilson is currently in a coma and in critical condition while undergoing further evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.
INDYCAR sends its thoughts and prayers to Justin, his family, and Andretti Autosport during this difficult time.
Additional updates to Wilson's condition will be released when available.