Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wilson Out 3 Months, Scheck In For New Hampshire

Following the on-track incident over the weekend at the Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park which sidelined Justin Wilson for the weekend, the veteran driver was transported to Indianapolis on Sunday. Today, Wilson was released with a brace from the Hospital with a stable burst fracture of the T5 with no spinal cord injury.

The Brit is unable to drive for at least three months.

"Obviously, I have a little bit of a backache, but I'm just frustrated to not be at the racetrack. I think that we just started to get our season turned around and the car was really good at Mid-Ohio and I'm disappointed about that. I know that I'm going to miss the ovals and I think we've found some good stuff that was going to help our oval performance. So, I'm just disappointed to not be the car, but my back is the most important thing. I'm going to try and get that to heal and get back to 100 percent as soon as possible and get back in the car. As for myself, I'm feeling good and I'm already thinking about getting back to racing. Also, the response has been incredible and it's really nice to see that rather it's on Twitter from the fans, or drivers and ex-drivers. Everyone has been really supportive, so thank you to all of them. I also want to thank the Safety team, medical staff and AirMed that did the transport from Ohio to Indianapolis. It's been great treatment all the way around. I want to wish the team good luck this weekend and I'm looking forward to see how they do," said Wilson.

Simon Pagenaud filled-in piloting the #22 entry at Mid-Ohio and Tomas Scheckter will take over the driving duties this weekend at New Hampshire.

"Obviously, it's not the circumstances that you want to get in the car, and I want to wish Justin a quick recovery. It will be great to be back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and it will also be good to be back on an oval. It looks like a really cool oval that's new to everybody. I'm looking forward to it and I feel at home with the team and I can't wait to get back in the car," said Scheckter.


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