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Although he’s not sure the smaller sidepods on the DW12 in comparison to older cars would have made a difference in his injuries, Wilson thinks the series can study his accident.

“Fortunately the tub is very strong, but I still think there are lessons we can learn from it,” he said. “When another car hits you, that was always the point of the old cars, the big sidepods, on the Champ Cars, the old Indy car, the big sidepods that came past the cockpit, they would crumple. But on this car, we don’t really have it. It hit right between.

“It would be nice if we had big sidepods again. I’m not saying it would have fixed that problem, but I think it would have helped. I’m fortunate that the tub is so strong, it stood up to that hit.”