TORONTO - Four pit crew members — two each from Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet and the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing team of Justin Wilson — were injured Friday in an incident on pit lane during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto.
Two crew members — Chuck Holman and Raffi Aroyan from Dragon Racing — were taken to St. Mike’s Hospital with leg injuries.
They were both treated and released later in the afternoon.
Two other crew members — Michael Cole from the Dale Coyne team and Daniel Martin from Dragon were treated and later released from the infield care centre after sustaining much less serious lower leg injuries,
The accident happened when Wilson’s No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda developed a gear box failure and crashed into the pit lane wall and then into the No. 7 Bourdais car as that team was changing tires.
“I came down pit lane and the car refused to go into neutral,” Wilson said. “So I was stuck in first (gear), I couldn’t get neutral, and, on top of that, these carbon brakes don’t work when they’re cold, so (I) was hard on the brakes and I couldn’t stop.
“At the last second I tried to dive into the wall to take speed off, but those guys were there and had no idea I was coming and even diving to the wall I still hit them. I really hope they are OK.”