Sheffield racing driver in coma following horror crash

British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who is in a coma after being hit by a piece of debris during a race in the US. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who is in a coma after being hit by a piece of debris during a race in the US. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

A Sheffield-born racing driver is in a coma after being hit by a piece for debris during an IndyCar race in the US.

The 37-year-old former Formula One driver, who now competes for Andretti Autosport, was seriously injured when a competitor crashed in front of him at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania yesterday.

He was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

A statement published on indycar.com read: "IndyCar driver Justin Wilson suffered a severe head injury during today's event at Pocono Raceway.

"Wilson is currently in a coma and in critical condition while undergoing further evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

"IndyCar sends its thoughts and prayers to Justin, his family, and Andretti Autosport during this difficult time.

"Additional updates to Wilson's condition will be released when available."

Wilson is a former F1 driver having competed for Minardi and Jaguar during the 2003 season.

His younger brother Stefan, also an IndyCar driver, tweeted a message of support on Sunday night, writing: "Praying for my bro right now. Trying to get myself and Julia, JWs wife to Pocono. Thank you for prayers and thoughts at this very hard time.

"I have no update on his condition, he's been moved to the local hospital, and I'm trying to get there to be with him. Please don't speculate".