IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson has Died
It is with sadness that we report that IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson has passed away due to injuries suffered yesterday when he was struck in the head by debris at the Indy Pocono 500.
He was 37 years old and survived by a wife Julia and daughters Jane and Jessica.
This is the second time in four years that IndyCar has lost a driver due to an accident on an oval course. In 2011 two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Weldon was killed in an violent on-track accident.
Wilson's family released the following statement:
With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.
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.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.
Wilson Children’s Fund
4551 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222