IndyCar driver Justin Wilson suffered a severe head injury after a crash on the Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania (video below).
The incident began when Sage Karam’s car (yellow-red) crashed into the outside wall and parts of his car went bouncing down the speedway, including the car's nose cone, which hit Wilson (blue-gray) in the head during the open-wheel race.
The nose cone hit Wilson's head with such force it bounced about 100 feet in the air, according to the NBC Sports announcers covering the race.
"Wilson is currently in a coma and in critical condition while undergoing further evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania," IndyCar said in a statement.
"It's just a tough one right now," team owner Michael Andretti added. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Justin right now. We're going to see. Hopefully, he's OK."
Race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was not sprayed with confetti in the winner's circle out of respect for Wilson, reports The Associated Press.
"All I know is that he was unconscious, he was not responding and he was airlifted," Hunter-Reay stated. "That's all very bad. I'm very worried right now."
Hunter-Reay also addressed the dangers of open-wheel racing:
"Maybe in the future we can work toward something that resembles a canopy. Something that can give us a little bit of protection and still keep the tradition of the sport. Just to be innocent bystander like that and get hit in the head with a nose cone is a scary thought."