IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson has succumbed to his injuries. He was 37.
“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “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 was struck in the head by the nose cone of Sage Karam after he slid in turn 1 and hit the wall at Pocono Raceway. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters. Stefan, his younger brother, is also an IndyCar driver who raced in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights.
The family released a statement saying, “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.”
Donations can be made to Justin’s children via: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. #BadassWilson
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) August 25, 2015
RIP Justin Wilson.