Dan Wheldon Crash: Updates on the Status of Other Injured Racers

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterOctober 16, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 16:  Team members line the pitlane as the drivers complete five memorial laps to honor Dan Wheldon, driver of the #77 Dallara Honda, who died of injuries in a massive fifteen car crash during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Tragedy struck the IndyCar Series on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when a horrific 15-car accident during the Las Vegas Indy 300 claimed the life of Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and injured several other drivers.

Australian Will Power managed to walk away from the flames after his car was flipped, though he was later taken to the hospital, complaining of lower back pain. This marks the second time in as many seasons that Power's championship hopes have ended with a crash in the final race, though his health is obviously a more pressing concern. Power was sent flying through the air from his car during the collision, but appears to be fine at this point.

Fellow racers Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand were transported to the local University Memorial Hospital by ambulance for precautionary evaluations. Like Power, Mann was able to walk away from the destruction under her own power. Both Mann and Hildebrand complained of dizziness on the way to the hospital.

According to IndyCar spokesperson Tracey Todd, Hildebrand is awake and alert but will be held in the hospital overnight while the staff monitors his condition.

As for Mann, she is reportedly in fair condition with a burn to her pinky finger. She is scheduled to be released from the University Memorial Hospital tomorrow.

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Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for further updates on the status of the injured drivers.

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