Indy racer Justin Wilson sadly passed away overnight from head injuries sustained in Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. He was just 37 years old.
Wilson, a native of Sheffield, England, was airlifted to the intensive care facility at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in critical condition and in a coma after being struck by debris in the closing laps of the 500-mile race.
Wilson’s death was announced by Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles at a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday night and major series organisers such as WEC, Le Mans and IMSA have since added their condolences.
“This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” Miles said. “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.
“He was surrounded by his family and I want to express sincere thanks to his family. As you know the sport of IndyCar racing is one big family. The outpouring of support has been amazing.”
Best known for his success in open-wheel racing, including stints in Champ Car and Formula One for Minardi and Jaguar, Wilson was also well known in the sports car paddock, with drives for Michael Shank Racing.
He was part of the 2012 overall winning team at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has made starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Twelve Hours of Sebring, including this year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race in Shank’s Ligier JS P2 Honda.
Everyone here at SportscarGlobal send our condolences to Justin’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Donations to help Justin’s children can be set via an Indycar managed fund at the following address:
Wilson Children’s Fund
4551 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222