Wilson airlifted to hospital after Pocono crash

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Monday 24th August, 2015 - 8:37am

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Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the win at Pocono

Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the win at Pocono

Ryan Hunter-Reay won a crash marred Pocono 500 as the IndyCar Series title fightback took a backseat following a huge accident involving Justin Wilson.

Andretti Autosport driver Hunter-Reay beat Josef Newgarden with Juan Montoya claiming a fighting third to extend his lead heading into next week’s finale at Sonoma to 34 points.

Will Power was fourth ahead of Carlos Munoz, Takuma Sato, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon in ninth.

Earlier, title contenders Helio Castroneves crashed out on lap 167 of the 200-lap affair while Graham Rahal was taken out by Tristan Vautier just short of halfway but remains second in the points race.

With just over 20 laps remaining the race sunk to his darkest moment when leader Sage Karam crashed his Chip Ganassi machine heavily later being transported to hospital with a foot injury.

In the aftermath Andretti Autosport’s Justin Wilson, who came through several seconds after the impact appeared to be struck on the head by the nosecone from Karam’s car.

He was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital however officials had not disclosed the extent of his condition at the time of writing.

“It’s a tough one our thoughts and prayers are with Justin right now,” team owner Michael Andretti said.

Earlier issues for defending series champion Power saw him spin in pitlane and was slowly away following another stop which cost him valuable track position.

Amid the 12 caution periods, Marco Andretti crashed heavily on lap 139 when it appeared a failure in the car sent his car snapping wild left going into Turn 2.

Andretti was assisted from his car by a safety worker, favouring one of his ankles however he escaped any major injury.

Full results below

Pos. Car # Driver Manufacturer Laps Running / Reason Out
1 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 200 Running
2 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 200 Running
3 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 200 Running
4 1 Will Power Chevrolet 200 Running
5 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 200 Running
6 14 Takuma Sato Honda 200 Running
7 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 200 Running
8 5 Ryan Briscoe Honda 200 Running
9 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 200 Running
10 7 James Jakes Honda 200 Running
11 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 197 Mechanical
12 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 193 Mechanical
13 18 Pippa Mann Honda 185 Running
14 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 179 Contact
15 25 Justin Wilson Honda 179 Running
16 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 166 Contact
17 20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 156 Mechanical
18 27 Marco Andretti Honda 139 Contact
19 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 131 Contact
20 15 Graham Rahal Honda 92 Contact
21 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 92 Contact
22 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 82 Contact
23 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 36 Contact
24 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 19 Mechanical

Points standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Juan Pablo Montoya 500
2 Graham Rahal 466
3 Scott Dixon 453
4 Will Power 439
5 Hélio Castroneves 423
6 Josef Newgarden 413
7 Marco Andretti 390
8 Sébastien Bourdais 386
9 Tony Kanaan 366
10 Simon Pagenaud 356
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 355
12 Carlos Muñoz 333
13 Charlie Kimball 301
14 Takuma Sato 275
15 Gabby Chaves 249
16 James Jakes 247
17 Jack Hawksworth 234
18 Sage Karam 197
19 Stefano Coletti 177
20 Luca Filippi 170
21 Tristan Vautier 161
22 Ryan Briscoe 145
23 James Hinchcliffe 129
24 Justin Wilson 108
25 Ed Carpenter 88
26 Conor Daly 81
27 Pippa Mann 76
28 Simona de Silvestro 66
29 Sebastian Saavedra 61
30 J.R. Hildebrand 57
31 Rodolfo González 50
32 Francesco Dracone 38
33 Townsend Bell 32
34 Carlos Huertas 31
35 Alex Tagliani 27
36 Oriol Servià 10
36 James Davison 10
36 Bryan Clauson 10

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