Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson has received permission from his doctors to begin physical rehabilitation after suffering fractures to his pelvis in a crash during the IndyCar season finale at Fontana on Oct. 19.
“I saw the doctor last Wednesday, he looked at the x-rays, was very pleased and said I could start to put weight on my lower body and to use pain as the limiting factor to let the pain tell me how much to push,” Wilson told RACER. “I’ve been on the elliptical machine, got on the stationary bike Sunday and Monday, and all feels good. I still don’t have all my strength back, but it’s coming along well. I’m working on core and upper body stuff right now, and there really hasn’t been any pain from the injuries.”
Wilson, an avid fitness and cycling enthusiast, was in great shape before the crash, easing his recovery process. He also has a fresh item to motivate a speedy return, as he shares.
“I’m supposed to be in a car in a month at Daytona for the [TUDOR United SportsCar Championship] Roar Before the 24 test, so that’s the big goal I’m working towards,” said Wilson, who has driven for the Michael Shank Racing DP team in recent years. “I don’t see a problem with making that at all. I feel good, and my only concern right now is getting in and out of the car. The progress I’ve made in the last six or seven days tells me I shouldn’t have any issues, but if the race was this weekend, I don’t have the strength or speed to be explosive enough to get out of the car as fast as I need.”
Wilson also thanked his fans and family for their continued encouragement since Fontana.
“I’ve gotten a lot of support from people through texts, Twitter and Facebook, but the most support I’ve gotten has come from my wife who’s looked after our kids on her own since I got home,” he added. “She’s been the star in this whole process, and I also have to thank my fans who’ve kept my spirits up and continue to check in on me and ask how I’m coming along. It has meant a lot.”