Callum Ilott waiting to find out when he can resume his debut NTT Indycar Series campaign for Juncos Hollinger Racing after injuring hand in Indianapolis 500
Callum Ilott is waiting to find out when he can resume his debut NTT Indycar Series campaign after a crash ruled him out of the weekend's latest round.
The former Bishop's Stortford College student missed the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with a hand injury suffered in the previous week's 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Ilott had hoped to be fit enough to represent the Juncos Hollinger Racing team at the weekend, but a re-evaluation of the injury by Indycar officials led to him being sidelined and replaced by Santino Ferrucci at short notice.
Ilott is currently 26th in the standings on 71 points in his maiden season over in America. Will Power leads the championship with 255, three ahead of second-placed Marcus Ericsson. The series' next event is the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday (June 12).
"After speaking with the doctors and specialists here in Indy the damage to my hand was slightly worse than when first looked at," said the 23-year-old, who is due to undergo another evaluation this week.
"They suggested that long-term healing was the top priority and any damage that could be done in the short term by racing would be a longer-term problem. So, after learning this I agreed with the medical team's decision that I would not be cleared and would spend more time healing.
"Although I would have loved to be racing, I wanted to preserve myself and focus on my health. I spoke with [JHR co-owners] Ricardo [Juncos] and Brad [Hollinger] and we came to the same conclusion for the benefit of the team."
Ilott's highest finish to date in the competition came at the GMR Grand Prix when he came eighth. He came 19th in the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, 16th in the XPEL 375, 24th in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and 25th in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama while he was ranked 32nd in the Indy 500 following his crash during the 68th lap.
"This is a very difficult scenario for Ilott and JHR," said team principal Juncos. "Together we are looking at the long-term view, so keeping Ilott out of the car to take the necessary time to heal was most important, so we support the Indycar's evaluation.
"Callum has already proven to be a strong contender this year and we want to keep building on that, so we all agree this is the best decision."