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Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, reportedly breaks both legs in crash at Belgium’s Spa

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UPDATE No. 1 (1: 20 p.m. ET): According to several media reports, Pietro Fittipaldi has been airlifted to a hospital with what a statement from the World Endurance Championship said are “suspected fractures to both legs.”

The WEC statement also said Fittipaldi remained conscious throughout a lengthy extrication from the mangled wreck of his car and that his injuries were not life-threatening.

If he indeed has fractures in both legs, Fittipaldi’s hopes to qualify to race in the May 27th Indianapolis 500 — which would have been his first try at the race his legendary grandfather Emerson Fittipaldi won twice (1989 and 1993) — are done for this year.

NBC Sports has reached out to Dale Coyne Racing, for which Pietro Fittipaldi was slated to qualify for the 500, for a statement and who will replace the younger Fittipaldi in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

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Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of legendary open-wheel racer Emerson Fittipaldi, was injured this morning in a heavy crash at Circuit de Spa-Francocorchamps in Belgium.

The 21-year-old Brazilian was on-track during qualifying for the opening round of the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season when his DragonSpeed BR1 wrecked hard in the Eau Rouge section of the track.

Eau Rouge is considered one of the most difficult corners in motorsports.

From a video replay, it appeared Fittipaldi’s car began to lose control after hitting a rumble strip as it climbed a hill, bottomed out and then ran head-on into a tire wall at full speed.

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It took rescue workers several minutes to extricate the 2017 World Endurance Championship V8 World Series Champion from the mangled wreck.

The session was red-flagged for over 30 minutes.

Fittipaldi was transported to a local hospital. There is no word on his condition yet.

Pietro Fittipaldi, left, talks with Dale Coyne Racing teammate Sebastien Bourdais last month at Phoenix. Photo: IndyCar.

Two weeks from now, Fittipaldi is slated to attempt to qualify the No. 19 Honda for this year’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 for Dale Coyne Racing, for which he is running a part-time schedule as a rookie on the Verizon IndyCar Series this season.

He’s one of 35 drivers entered in the May 27th running of the 500, for which daily practice begins on May 15.

Pietro Fittipaldi has just one IndyCar start to date: he started 10th and finished 23rd at Phoenix last month on April 7.

We will update this story as additional information becomes available.

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Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

MORE: Ryan Anderson and the anatomy of a Monster Jam freestyle run

Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.