Sad news for the whole racing community: IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has passed away at the age of 37.
Wilson was hit by debris from the car of rookie Sage Karam, who was leading the Verizon Indycar Series race at Pocono on Sunday. Karam’s car spun out on it’s own near the end of the race and a piece of debris hit Wilson’s helmet, causing a severe head injury. He was airlifted to a local hospital, but sadly succumbed to the injury on Monday.
His family released the following statement yesterday evening on his official website:
“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.
Wilson Children’s Fund
4551 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222″
Overnight, fans created a makeshift memorial for the well-liked driver outside Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wilson’s family and the whole IndyCar community.