Racing Community Mourns The Loss Of IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, 37, died Monday evening, just a day after he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Wilson was in critical condition after being hit by debris that flew off of rookie Sage Karam's car. Karam was leading the ABC Supply 500 when his car spun out on Lap 179 of the 200-lap race on Sunday.
Wilson is survived by his wife Julia and his two daughters Jane and Jessica. He is the first driver since Dan Wheldon in 2011 to die in a major auto race in the United States.
Mark Miles, CEO of INDYCAR released a statement regarding Wilson's death on Monday evening.
“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Miles. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”
Wilson's family also issued a statement on Monday night.
“With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.
Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.”
News of Wilson's death has rocked the racing and sports communities and many took to Twitter to share their thoughts about his legacy and what he mean to them, as well as their condolences for his family.
Wilson's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, people make a donation to a trust fund that has been set up for Wilson's children.
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