One of the greatest auto racing drivers in the world passed away on August 24 due to a vehicular accident. IndyCar announced that Justin Wilson, who had been racing for more than two decades, have died from a severe head injury at age 37. He sustained the injuries while racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23.
The CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent company of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, released an official statement regarding the death of Justin Wilson. “This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” Mark 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 added.
We at VroomVroomVroom are saddened by the news and extend our deepest condolences to Justin Wilson’s family, including his wife Julia and their two daughters Jane and Jess, as well as to his fans in Sheffield, England (his birthplace) and around the world. Many famous personalities shared their sentiments on the death of the IndyCar driver through Twitter.
His brother Stefan Wilson, who is also a well-known driver, wrote:
Stefan also revealed the generosity of his brother.
NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger posted:
Columbian racing driver Carlos Muñoz, who is also Justin’s teammate wrote:
Auto racing analyst and History Top Gear host Rutledge Wood shared:
British Formula One driver Jenson Button sympathized with Justin’s family:
Legendary retired world champion Mario Andretti wrote: