'Doing well, all things considered': Stefan Wilson updates fans after practice crash

Evan Frank
Indianapolis Star

Stefan Wilson won't be driving in the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 after Monday's crash, but the British driver hopes to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year.

On Tuesday, Wilson released a video update from the hospital. A day prior, he fractured his 12th thoracic vertebrae in a crash with Katherine Legge during a practice run.

"This is not the video I was hoping to make here on Tuesday after qualifying at the Indy 500," Wilson said. "Doing well, all things considered. Really thankful for the support that has been shown to me over the last 24 hours. Just the outpouring of support from all the fans just means so much."

After the crash, Wilson was extracted from the car and put on a stretcher with a neck brace.  He gave a thumbs-up to the crowd before being taken to the IU Methodist Hospital.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced Graham Rahal will replace Wilson in the No. 24 Chevy for Sunday's race.

"Glad to see that Graham is going to be taking over the role of driving for Cusick Motorsports and Dreyer & Reinbold and Care Keepers," Wilson said.

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Wilson said his attention is now on his recovery.

"Now it's just focused on recovery and I'm already looking towards 2024 and trying to get back here to this race," Wilson said. "Obviously this race means so much to me. That journey for 2024 starts now."