INDIANAPOLIS – Rookie Pietro Fittipaldi was originally slated to run both Verizon IndyCar Series races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May. Unfortunately, it looks like he won’t be racing in either. Fittipaldi, crashed in Spa in qualifying for this weekend’s sports car race at the Belgium road course on Friday and reports from Europe are that he broke both of his legs.
A statement from the WEC, the series that he was making first career start in, said that the DragonSpeed LMP1 driver was helicoptered to hospital in Liege with “suspected fractures to both legs.” Reports are that the injuries are not life threatening and that he was conscious the whole time.
It’s said that 21-year-old Fittipaldi remained conscious throughout his extraction from the DragonSpeed BR Engineering-Gibson BR1 and that his injuries were not life-threatening.
The Brazilian and grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi crashed at Eau Rouge on his second lap and hit the tire barriers head on.
Fittipaldi, was slated to take part in the Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, but the team chose not to put him in the No. 19 Honda this week but rather wait until the first week of official practice instead. He ran one race in 2018 for the team and that came at Phoenix where he started 10th but crashed out and finished 23rd.
After Indy, his next scheduled race was at Texas in June. After that, his next scheduled INDYCAR start wasn’t until Mid-Ohio in late July.