A death in the car racing community made everyone realize the risks of this sport that remains inherent. The Verizon IndyCar series that was on at the Pocono Raceway witnessed the death of Justin Wilson, who was 37 years of age at the time of his death. He was hit by a debris pile on the head and he died a day after he sustained the injury. Debris from another rookie car hit him as his Chevrolet spun a turn of its own at the first turn of Lap 179. This was part of the two hundred lap race that was held on Sunday. This type of car racing is more dangerous as IndyCar races are done in open cockpits. Hence, helmets of drivers are more susceptible to injuries.
Among the auto racing series that are held in the US, Wilson’s death comes after Dan Wheldon passed away in a similar incident in 2011. He had two daughters as well as a wife who survives him after his death. Hulman’s CEO, the company that runs IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway company, expressed his sadness on Justin’s demise. He stated how Justin was an able driver as well as having humility, kindness and a rare character that made him respected in his community. He stated that the racing industry would provide all the support they can to the family members to help them through this difficult time.
Wilson had been taken to the hospital around 9 p.m. on Sunday night after which it was announced that he went into a coma due to the serious head injury he sustained. His condition remained critical, even on Monday afternoon, which was the last time the press release was sent. After that the news of his death came which was a shock to the entire car racing community.
The family issued the press release about Justin’s death, stating that Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital had done all they could as well as thanked the associated car racing communities, including Verizon IndyCar Series, Andretti Autosport and Pocono Raceway who offered their support as well as the fans across the world. The Wilson Children’s Fund that has been set up by IndyCar would receive donations that are being offered by car racing members and fans from all over the world.
Justin, who was a native of Sheffield, England, stayed in Longmont, Colorado after he started to compete in US motor races since 2004. Here his talents as well as his personality helped him win friends and fans all over.