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Wilson “doing properly”, targets 2024 Indy 500 return from hospital mattress

Wilson, 33, fractured the T12 bone in his spine after hitting the SAFER barrier at Turn 1 head-on, following a clash with Katherine Legge in Monday’s practice session. The injury has ruled him out of this Sunday’s 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 and he will be replaced in his Cusick Motorsports entry, which is

Wilson “doing properly”, targets 2024 Indy 500 return from hospital mattress

Wilson, 33, fractured the T12 bone in his backbone after hitting the SAFER barrier at Flip 1 head-on, following a conflict with Katherine Legge in Monday’s follow session.

The harm has dominated him out of this Sunday’s 107th working of the Indianapolis 500 and he will likely be changed in his Cusick Motorsports entry, which is run by Dreyer & Reinbold, by Graham Rahal – who was a team-mate to Stefan’s late brother, Justin.

“Doing properly, all issues thought-about,” mentioned Wilson in a video posted on his social media channels. “Simply actually grateful for all of the assist that’s been proven to me during the last 24 hours. The outpouring of assist from the followers means a lot.

“Glad to see that Graham will likely be taking up the position of driver for Cusick Motorsports, Dreyer & Reinbold and Carekeepers. Can’t thank the staff sufficient, and all of the companions, who made all this doable this 12 months.

“Now the main target is on restoration and I’m already trying in the direction of 2024 and attempting to get again right here to this race. Clearly, this race means a lot to me. That journey in the direction of 2024 begins now.”

His entrant, Don Cusick, is eager for Wilson to get properly sufficient to return to the observe to observe the race on Sunday.

“I did communicate with Stef this morning, clearly he’s pretty crushed emotionally,” mentioned Cusick on the announcement of Rahal taking Wilson’s place. “However he’s supportive of what we’re doing and we will’t wait to get him higher and again right here.

“He actually appreciates all of the outpouring and concern. Hopefully we’ll get him again right here on Sunday and stroll down the observe with him.

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“We’re super-thankful that Graham was ready to do that. We’re excited for Sunday. It’s going to be just a little bittersweet clearly, however glad we will go ahead and do it.”

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Workforce proprietor Dennis Reinbold added: “Graham was first selection, but it surely was all so sudden, there wasn’t loads of time to assume when it was clear that Stefan wouldn’t be accepted to run. It was a brief checklist!

“Our automotive will look a bit completely different to accommodate the entire issues, sponsorship-wise. We now have some bulletins approaching Ryan [Hunter-Reay’s] automotive as properly. We’re attempting to show it right into a win-win state of affairs, hopefully a win-win-win on Sunday.”

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