The green flag hasn’t dropped on yet tonight’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, but there is action already on the track.
During a practice session, IndyCar Series driver Dan Wheldon hit the turn four wall that sent his car flying down the track, where it landed upside down in the infield at about 2:34 p.m. Friday.
Safety crews flipped the car right side up before extracting the driver. Wheldon was taken to the track’s infield care center with complaints of a sore right ankle. He was evaluated by the medical staff and treated.
X-rays on the ankle were negative, and the ankle was wrapped and iced.
“My right foot really hit the side of the tub very hard. I think, unfortunately, we had a failure,” Wheldon said. “The front of the car reached maximum load. Right before that point, something just broke and it shot me straight,” into the wall.
It is still uncertain whether Wheldon will participate in qualifying later tonight. Medical officials will re-evaluate Wheldon prior to qualifying, scheduled to begin at 5:45 tonight.
If he does not participate in qualifying, Indy Racing League rules stipulate he will still be able to compete in Saturday night’s race, but he will begin from the rear of the field.