Updated with early-afternoon statement on Wilson’s condition
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson remains in a coma in the intensive care unit of an Allentown, Pa., hospital after suffering a severe head injury when he was struck by debris from a wreck during a race Sunday in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
The dire situation was complicated by the fact that Wilson’s wife and family members were not at the race and needed to speed to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, where Wilson’s condition is listed as critical.
Enter Tony Stewart.
The NASCAR owner/driver lent his airplane to the family, according to a tweet by Indy racer Graham Rahal.
Among those trying desperately to race to Pennsylvania on Sunday was Stefan Wilson, Justin’s brother.
The Verizon IndyCar Series offered an early-afternoon update on Wilson’s condition Monday, but little seems to have changed from Sunday night.
“Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson remains hospitalized in a coma in the intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pa., after sustaining a severe head injury during Sunday’s event at Pocono Raceway. He remains in critical condition,” the organization said in a statement.
“IndyCar continues to send its thoughts and prayers to the family and thanks the entire motorsports community for the outpouring of support.
“Additional updates will be released when available.”
Wilson was injured late in the 200-lap race when leader Sage Karam’s car broke apart in a crash, strewing debris around the track. A piece of Karam’s nose cone appeared to strike Wilson, whose car veered left and into the inside wall at Turn 1. He quickly was extricated from his car and airlifted to a hospital.
Karam was uninjured in the crash, but was obviously shaken, like the rest of the racing community.
Wilson is a 37-year-old native of of Sheffield, England, who lives in Longmont, Colo. An open-wheel racer since 2004, he drives for Andretti Autosport, owned by Michael Andretti.