Justin Wilson will return to his home in Longmont, Colo., following hospitalization for injuries sustained Saturday during a crash in the IndyCar season finale.
Wilson, 34, was transported from Auto Club Speedway to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Calif., for treatment of three non-operable pelvic fractures and a small pulmonary contusion. He was held overnight for further observation, according to Dr. Michael Olinger, IndyCar's medical director.
Team owner Dale Coyne visited Wilson in the hospital.
"Justin is in good spirits," Coyne said. "The doctors say he will be six to eight weeks of non-load bearing on his right leg before he can start rehab. Knowing Justin, he will be back on his mountain bike before you know it."
Wilson told indycar.com on Sunday that his car got caught on a seam in the track that pitched the car into the wall. Tristan Vautier's car struck Wilson's from the side. [Editor's Note: We published an article on Fontana's notorious seams prior to the race. Those predictions came true.]
"It just wiggled and I tried to catch it but it just came around," Wilson said. "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." USA Today
10/20/13 Medical Update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Justin Wilson has non-operable pelvic fractures and a small pulmonary contusion. He will be kept overnight at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for further observation. Wilson was involved in a multi-car accident on Lap 111 of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19.
10/20/13 Wilson has suffered a pelvis fracture. Not sure of any other injuries yet.
10/20/13 Veteran driver Justin Wilson, who was involved in an incident in Turn 2 of Lap 111 of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, was awake and alert and was transported by ground to an area hospital for evaluation.
Wilson, driving the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing car, exited Turn 2 and spun in the middle of the 2-mile oval. The car slid up the racetrack, and with its nose pointed toward the outside wall, was struck by the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on the front-right side. The Holmatro Safety Team was quickly on the scene to attend to both drivers.
"There was a cloud of smoke and I didn't see (Wilson)," said Vautier, who was checked at the infield care center and release.
Josef Newgarden, closely behind the incident in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car, moved to the high side to slide past Wilson's car but pinned the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car driven by Oriol Servia against the SAFER Barrier.
Both drivers also were checked at the infield care center and released.
James Jakes' No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was struck by debris and slid into the SAFER Barrier. He also was checked at the infield care center and released.