Monday, August 24, 2015

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies from injuries suffered in Pocono crash

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Justin Wilson with a young fan at IMS.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died of injuries suffered in a crash at Pocono Raceway.

"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 had been in a coma and in critical condition after being airlifted from the track following a crash late in Sunday's IndyCar race. Race leader Sage Karam crashed ahead of the pack, scattering debris on the track. A large piece of Karam's nose cone bounced in the air, striking Wilson in the head as he drove by.

Wilson's car swerved left and struck the inside wall head-on. His car was surrounded by members of the IndyCar safety crew who got him to a local hospital.

"We're saddened to have lost such an exceptional driver, friend and role model to many in the INDYCAR community. Justin was one of the most versatile and talented drivers of the last 15 years, as evidenced by his wins in sports cars, Champ Car and INDYCAR. More important than his driving ability was his approachable personality, his calm spirit, and the respect he earned throughout the racing community for the tremendous person, friend, father and husband he was. Justin made innumerable friends and admirers throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR communities. All of us at IMS extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Wilson family." Continue reading

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