Stefan Wilson. (Penske Entertainment/Joe Skibinski Photo)

Stefan Wilson To Undergo Surgery

INDIANAPOLIS — Driver Stefan Wilson will undergo surgery to repair the fractured T-12 vertebra that he sustained in Monday’s crash with Katherine Legge during Indianapolis 500 practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cusick Motorsports and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing released the following statement at 8:02 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday.

After sustaining a fracture of the 12th thoracic vertebrae in yesterday’s practice session for the Indianapolis 500, Stefan Wilson stayed overnight at IU Health Methodist Hospital for further evaluation.

Following further observations and tests on Tuesday, it was determined by the hospital’s medical staff that Wilson will require surgery to stabilize the fractured area. The surgery will take place on Wednesday May 24.

The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports team will have more information in due course.

Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, who was bumped out of the starting lineup during Sunday’s Last Change Qualifying, was named as Wilson’s replacement in the No. 24 Chevrolet earlier on Tuesday.