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Track Worker Taken to Hospital after Post-Race Accident

Track workers evaluated after post-checkered flag accident in Detroit…

Photo: Motorsport Safety Foundation

Photo: Motorsport Safety Foundation

Two track workers are being evaluated following an accident on a wet, slippery track after the checkered flag in Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.

As of 2:50 p.m. ET, per IMSA, a track safety worker is in the infield care center being evaluated, and another track safety worker is going to a local hospital for evaluation.

As of 3:30 p.m. ET, IMSA confirmed the track safety worker taken to the infield care center had been evaluated and released.

As of 6:10 p.m. ET, IMSA released the following update: “Safety worker injured in Detroit IMSA race Saturday will remain overnight in local hospital for further evaluation.”

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Jan Heylen, who was one of four drivers in the GT Daytona class involved in the accident, has been evaluated and released from the infield care center.

The accident occurred after the checkered flag involving the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America and the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America.

Heylen’s No. 58 car was stopped on course in Turn 1, with less than two minutes remaining in the race, and a safety truck was on course to remove it.

As the conditions were wet and slippery heading into Turn 1, Davison lost control of his car following the checkered flag and hit the safety truck, with his left front of his car going underneath the truck, and lifting it off the ground.

Davison reported to Sportscar365 that he aquaplaned and was sore, but made it to the podium for podium ceremonies.

Alex Job also confirmed to Sportscar365 that Leh Keen, who was driving the No. 22 car, was also OK. Keen, per the team, crashed in Turn 1 just before the No. 007 car and safety truck.

Spencer Pumpelly, who was driving the No. 73 car, also slid off course into the accident. He wrote on Twitter, “I had a huge crash before start finish. Not sure if TV showed anything but the end of it. I’m fine. We finished 5th but the car is toast.”

Stay tuned to Sportscar365 for the latest medical updates.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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