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Stefan Wilson hospitalized after Indy crash with Katherine Legge

May 22, 2023; Speedway, Indiana, USA;Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Katherine Legge (44) and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver Stefan Wilson (24) crash in the first turn Monday, May 22, 2023, during practice ahead of the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John Chilton-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John Chilton-USA TODAY Sports

Stefan Wilson was taken to a hospital via ambulance after being injured in a two-car crash during practice on Monday for the famed Indianapolis 500.

Wilson was struck from behind by the car of Katherine Legge and was sent into the barrier. After being removed from the car, he was placed on a stretcher and was wearing a neck brace before being loaded into the ambulance.

IndyCar medical director Julia Vazier said Wilson was “doing well” before he left for further evaluation and imaging tests.

Legge wasn’t injured in the crash and was cleared to resume driving after being checked out at the infield care center.

The two drivers were approaching a turn on the 2.5-mile track when Legge closed directly behind Wilson and then hit the rear of his car. Legge’s car also skidded toward the wall but her blow was glancing.

“Cars in front were all checking up and I lifted as much as I could, downshift and hit the brakes, but it wasn’t enough,” Legge told reporters.

Legge qualified 30th for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and is the lone woman driver in the field for Sunday’s race.

Wilson, 33, qualified 25th for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. He has raced in four previous Indy 500s with a high finish of 15th in 2018.

His brother, Justin, was killed in 2015 at Pocono Raceway when debris from a crash struck him in the helmet.

Legge, 42, is slated to drive in her third Indy but first since 2013. She finished 22nd in 2012 and 26th the following year.

–Field Level Media