INdyCar Racer Justin Wilson Dies

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 26th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/7yilef5p/
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Obituary for racing car driver Justin Wilson who died in an on track incident.

Justin Wilson

Open wheeled race car driver Justin Wilson died August 24 as a result of injuries sustained in an on-track crash during the Verizon IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway on August 23. Wilson died less than a month after his 37th birthday.

As so often happens, Wilson became caught up in a wreck; after a single car accident involving Sage Karam, a large piece of debris – the nose cone - from the wrecked car flew back and struck Wilson in the head, Wilson subsequently crashed his car into the wall. Unconscious when safety workers reached the car, Wilson never woke up; but lapsed into a coma. The incident occurred on lap 180 of a 200 lap race. Wilson drove for Andretti Autosport owned by Michael Andretti.

Former open wheel racer and current NASCAR driver Tony Stewart provided his private jet to the Wilson family so that family members could travel from the Wilson home in Colorado and his brother in Indianapolis could reach the hospital...and Wilson...in Pennsylvania.

While it has been a bad month for race car drivers with a number of bad wrecks in the past few weeks; Wilson's is the first death for Indy Car racing since Dan Wheldon's car went airborne and crashed head first into the catch fence in 2011.

The past few years had been rough for Wilson who broke his back during a race in 2011 and fractured his pelvis and bruised a lung during a race in 2013.

The Brtish born racer was a veteran of Formula 1, IMSA Sports Car, Champ Car, and Indy Car racing.

During his racing career, Wilson won the Rolex 24 hour endurance race at Daytona International Speedway in 2012 along with AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, and John Pew; participated in eight Indianapolis 500 races, and is one of only three drivers to have competed in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, race in the Indianapolis 500, and run the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Wilson started 174 IndyCar races, winning seven of them. He earned eight pole position starts and had led a race for a total of 711 laps.

Understanding that he worked in a dangerous profession, Wilson was always looking for ways to promote safety. Ironically, his death will ultimately lead to improved safety for the drivers.

The Sheffield, England native suffered from dyslexia and could often be seen speaking on the issue in schools or at the racetracks themselves. Like many race car drivers, Wilson began by racing go karts when he was nine years old.

He is survived by his parents Lynne and Keith, wife Julie, daughters Jane and Jessica, and brother Stefan.

A special fund has been set up for Wilson's children; the family is asking that contributions be made to that fund in lieu of sending flowers:
Wilson Children's Fund
C/O INDYCAR
4551 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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Indy Car, Indycar, Pocono Raceway, Race Car Driver, Racing, Ustin Wilson

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author avatar Retired
27th Aug 2015 (#)

Wilson's brother has publicised the fact that he donated his organs (heart, kidneys, etc) to help others - apparently six people have benefitted as a result.

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