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Justin Wilson released from hospital, returns home after Fontana crash (UPDATED)

Oct 22, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

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UPDATED (10/22/13, 6:47 p.m. ET): INDYCAR announced this afternoon that Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson has been released from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California and has returned home to Colorado.

The British driver sustained three non-operable pelvic fractures and a small pulmonary contusion during a crash in Saturday night’s IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway.

A Sunday report from INDYCAR.com quotes Coyne as saying that Wilson will require “six to eight weeks of non-load bearing on his right leg” before he can begin rehab.

“Knowing Justin, he will be back on his mountain bike before you know it,” Coyne said of his driver, who he also said was in “good spirits.”

On Lap 111 of the MAV TV 500, Wilson’s right-rear tire on his No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda appeared to catch a seam in the racing surface, causing him to spin out in Turn 2. After Oriol Servia and Josef Newgarden crashed while trying to avoid him, Wilson was then hit broadside by an oncoming Tristan Vautier.

The incident caused Wilson to be transported to Arrowhead for further evaluation. He was kept there overnight for observation according to INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger.

“It just wiggled and I tried to catch it but it just came around,” Wilson said in the same INDYCAR.com report. “I was not where I needed to be on the angle of the exit and if you get that wrong then the aerodynamics and the track seams can really get you and they certainly did.”

James Jakes and Simona de Silvestro were also involved in the incident, with Jakes’ car getting hit by debris before slamming into the wall. De Silvestro spun out low on the track, but recovered to finish eighth.

  1. ponger8 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Good to hear he can go home.

    • indycarseries500 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Who are the two idiots that gave ponger’s comment a thumbs down?

      • worknman24hours - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Some people’s mommy didn’t love them enough so they have to vote down to get attention.

        It’s mentally for them like mommy changing their diaper.

        Ignore them.

  2. midtec2005 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Hopefully Indycar and Dallara can look at that crash and improve that small side impact area. I think Vautier just managed to hit him in the exact wrong spot, anywhere else and he probably walks away. But he rammed Wilson right on the hip.

    Get well quickly JW.

    • indycarseries500 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I’ll have to check the replay again but I thought Vautier hit him in the foot or knee area and my guess would be the impact caused his hip to hit the bulkhead which probably had minimal padding due to his size.

      • midtec2005 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        Whatever happened it sure must have hurt like hell. I can’t imagine breaking my pelvis.

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