Driver Wilson breaks back vertebra at Mid-Ohio

Driver Justin Wilson broke a bone in his back when he crashed

during qualifying at the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio on Saturday.

Wilson was taken to the hospital after he spun off the course

and hit a bump between Turns 1 and 2. He was awake and alert when

taken to MedCentral Mansfield.

IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger said Wilson

sustained an anterior compression fracture of the fifth vertebra.

Wilson will be kept overnight at the hospital before being

transported to Indianapolis on Sunday to meet with specialists.

Simon Pagenaud took over the No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

entry in place of Wilson and qualified No. 22 on the starting


Wilson is 14th in the IndyCar standings, with four top-10


Fellow driver Dario Franchitti said the area of the track where

Wilson was injured is a trouble spot.

”The grass is very, very rough – massive undulations on the

grass. And then you swap onto an access road or another part of the

track and then it goes back onto the grass,” Franchitti said.

”The difference can be as much as a foot in places. Especially

there, it’s plenty quick. The cars don’t deal with that kind of

rough ground.”

Several drivers expressed concern for Wilson after the

qualifying session.