25 August 2015
Pocono Raceway: IndyCar, Stefan Wilson lead tributes to Justin Wilson
Tributes pour in for Justin Wilson following his death, with IndyCar, Mario Andretti and the widow of his former rival Dan Wheldon leading the way.
The IndyCar series has led the tributes to Justin Wilson following his tragic death in the United States, less than 24 hours after he sustained critical head injuries in an accident during the penultimate race of the season at Pocono Raceway.
The 37 year-old, a veteran of the Champ Car and its subsequent merger into the IndyCar Series having raced in each American open-wheel season between 2004 and his untimely death in 2015, Wilson is also known for his time spent racing in F1, firstly with Minardi in 2003 before getting handful of races towards the end of the season with Jaguar, while he was also a winner of the Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012.
He died as result of injuries of sustained in a freak accident during the Pocono Raceway event, when he was struck by an errant piece of debris coming off the crashed Chip Ganassi car of Sage Karam.
Knocking him unconscious, Wilson proceeded to strike the inside wall before coming to a stop, where he was immediately tended to by medical staff on the circuit. He was then airlifted to the local Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, where he would succumb a severe brain trauma less than 24 hours later.
Tributes have been pouring in from across the motorsport community, including the IndyCar Series itself, his brother – and IndyLights race winner - Stefan Wilson, Mario Andretti, eponymous owner of the Andretti Autosport team Wilson was racing for when he took his final start, and Holly Wheldon, the widow of Dan Wheldon, who died in an accident at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011.
"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."
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