British Indy car Driver Justin Wilson Dies After Car Crash
It is truly a sad day for the racing industry as British driver Justin Wilson died after being hit by debris in a car crash during Sunday´s Pocono IndyCar 500 race. On lap 179, Sage Karam was in front of Wilson when his car spun and crashed. Debris from this collision fell straight towards the ex-formula-1 driver, forcing the Andretti Autosport racer to hit a wall.
He was air-lifted to an Allentown, Pennsylvania hospital in an attempt to save his life. After being in a coma, it was confirmed that Justin Wilson had died from serious injuries to his head on Monday. A piece from Karam´s car hit him on the head, causing the deadly injury. He is survived by Julia, his wife and two daughters, aged 5 and 7.
The announcement was made by IndyCar on Monday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co.: “This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motor sports community as a whole.”
“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.”
The team Wilson raced for, Andretti Autosport, stated that they are “deeply saddened” by the occurrence. Their statement reads, “He was a tremendous racer, a valuable member of the team and respected representative to our sport.”
Recognized as a great racer, Wilson raced for Formula One in 2003 and then moved to the US and joined Champ Car. Over twelve seasons in open-wheel racing, he won it seven times.
The Champ Car standings in 2005 meant a third place spot for Wilson, while he was runner-up in 2006 and 2007.
According to the Shefield-born driver´s brother, Wilson´s death has saved the lives of six people. Justin Wilson had already approved that in the case of eventual death, his organs were to be donated.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway´s main gate is growing with tributes from fans to an exceptional driver.