I am sad to report that on Monday night, Former Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson passed away on following an freak accident at the ABC Supply 500 IndyCar race at the Pocono Raceway.
The 37-year-old, who drove for Minardi/Jaguar Racing during the 2003 F1 season, scoring a single point thanks to an eighth place finish at the United States Grand Prix, was struck on the head by a piece of debris from a rivals car.
The leader of the race rookie Sage Karam span as he entered Turn 1 on lap 179, hitting the barriers and causing debris to fly into the path of Wilson. He was then transferred to hospital where he was reportedly in a coma, until his death on Monday.
In an statement to the media on Monday, Mark Miles CEO IndyCar’s parent company stated the following regarding Wilson’s tragic passing as follows:-
‘This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole. 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.’
Also in a statement to the media, Wilson’s family thanked all the fans and the hospital staff for their support and well-wishes as follows:-
‘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.’
Justin has had an amazing career in racing and whatever he competed in; he did it with all of his heart and gave 110% to it as well. Most recently, Wilson also competed in a single Formule E race for the Andretti Autosport team, scoring a single point at the Moscow ePrix which is a fantastic achievement.
Even though it is extremely sad to lose an amazing gentlemen, husband, father, friend or colleague in this tragic way; Justin is now at peace and is not in any pain. But it is clear that we all miss him for the person that he was and he has left a legacy that will always be remembered.
The F1 Family and the Motorsport family will always remember him and is now a big shining star in the sky that will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Justin’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. #RIPJustin #PrayersforJustin