LEXINGTON, Ohio -- IndyCar Series star Justin Wilson suffered a back injury in a practice crash that will sideline him for Sunday's Honda Indy 200 race.
Wilson's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entry left Turn 1 of the Mid-Ohio road course late in the Saturday morning practice session and became airborne when it hit a bump.
Although the car did not make contact with the wall, it slammed back to the ground with enough force for Wilson to sustain an anterior compression fracture of his T-5 vertebra.
Wilson was removed from the car on a stretcher and transported to Mansfield MedCentral hospital, where he will be held overnight. He will travel to Indianapolis on Sunday to consult with orthopedic specialist Dr. Terry Trammell.
Wilson has won six IndyCar races in his career and ranks 14th in the IndyCar Series standings this season. Simon Pagenaud will step into the No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold car for the remainder of the weekend.
John Oreovicz covers open-wheel racing for ESPN.com.