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Scheckter to replace Wilson at New Hampshire

Tomas Scheckter will take over the #22 Dreyer and Reinbold car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, after Justin Wilson was ruled out of racing for the next three months.
South African driver Tomas Scheckter is to make a return to IndyCar at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, taking over the Dreyer and Reinbold car normally driven by Justin Wilson.

The decision follows the announcement that Wilson himself has been ruled out of racing for three months after sustaining a stable burst fracture of his fifth thoracic vertebrae when he rain wide through turn 1 during Saturday morning practice ahead of the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

After being airlifted back from Ohio on Sunday, Wilson left hospital in Indianapolis on Tuesday following several days of evaluation and treatment under the care of IndyCar's medical director medical director Dr. Michael Olinger and specialist consultant Dr Terry Trammell. It was confirmed that Wilson would not be required to have surgery and there was no injury to his spinal cord, so he will be treated with a back brace and serial x-rays.

"I'm feeling good and I'm already thinking about getting back to racing," Wilson insisted. "Obviously, I have a little bit of a backache, but I'm just frustrated to not be at the racetrack. I think that we just started to get our season turned around and the car was really good at Mid-Ohio," he said.

"I'm just disappointed to not be in the car, but my back is the most important thing," he continued. "I'm going to try and get that to heal and get back to 100 percent as soon as possible and get back in the car." The medical staff have insisted that a three month lay-off from racing is the minimum, and with the end of the IndyCar season at Last Vegas only a little over two months away it means he will not be returning to the seat for the rest of the year.

"I'm feeling good and I'm already thinking about getting back to racing," said Wilson. "Also, the response has been incredible and it's really nice to see that on Twitter from the fans, or drivers and ex-drivers."

"We wish that Justin could be with us this weekend, but right now we are happy that he is okay and we just want him to have a speedy recovery," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Dennis Reinbold.

Last weekend at Mid-Ohio, DRR were lucky enough to find Simon Pagenaud at the track and able to step into the cockpit with 90 minutes notice. Pagenaud not only had extensive sportscar experience, he had been testing with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Mid-Ohio the previous week and already had experience of stepping into the DRR car after subbing for an injured Ana Beatriz at Barber Motorsports Park in April.

DRR have followed a similar strategy for this coming weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at Loudon, turning to another familiar face from their past line-up - this time one with proven oval racing experience in IndyCar.




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Justin Wilson suited up onPole Day for the 2011 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson prepares for qualifying on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson in his Dreyer & Reinbold car during practice at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. [Photo: Dan Helrigel for IndyCar Media]
Simon Pagenaud takes over Justin Wilson`s Dreyer & Reinbold car at the last minute at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - August 2011. [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Tomas Scheckter, who will sit in for the injured Justin Wilson at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo: IndyCar Media]
Tomas Scheckter, who will sit in for the injured Justin Wilson at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo: IndyCar Media]
The Chevrolet of Will Power sports a tribute sticker for Justin Wilson at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson speaks with Oriol Servia in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson with a light moment prior to his qualification attempt for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson stands in Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2015 Indianapolis 500 (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson flashes across the start/finish line during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson greets the fans during pre-race festivities for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson straps on his helmet prior to the systems check for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson at the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)

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