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Wilson already thinking about return

25 October 2013

Justin Wilson admits that he is already thinking about getting back into the cockpit of an IndyCar despite only recently being released from hospital.

The Briton returned home to Colorado earlier this week to begin the recovery process after suffering a string of injuries – including a pulmonary contusion as well as three fractures to his pelvis - in a lap 111 accident at the 2013 season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The impact, which saw the front of a competitor's car make lateral contact with the right side of Wilson's DW12, was enough to require several weeks of inactivity for the Briton, who was chasing a top three championship position at the time.

The order to keep off his feet is a big adjustment for Wilson who, in addition to his duties as a doting dad, likes to stay active, with a comprehensive training program that integrates long-distance cycling, mountain biking, and weight training.

“They said it will be six weeks before I can put weight on my right side,” he revealed, having already become adroit with his new crutches, “I am hoping for a lot less [time] of course, but you have to do what they say. It will be hard because I am already thinking about getting back in the car and training to be ready for that, but it will just take some time.”

Wilson has a recent precedent for this process after suffering a back injury in practice at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in August 2011. After sitting out the final six races of that season, he returned to race duty in 2012, winning in his first race back with a breakthrough victory for Michael Shank Racing in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.

While obeying doctors orders and keeping off his feet will be key to his healing, the affable Briton has already also benefited from an outpouring of support from a wide range of sources.

“It has been amazing, several of the drivers came and visited me in the hospital and everyone has called, tweeted, or texted me just saying 'get well fast',” he confirmed, “It has been a little overwhelming. I'd like to respond to everyone, but I think it would be impossible! I am grateful for the support, and it is really encouraging for me.”


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