IndyCar Series car racer, British, Justin Wilson died of head injury during Sunday’s wreck at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
According to reports, Wilson sustained head injury when he was hit in his head by debris coming from wreckage when the car of Sage Karam, who was then leading the race, crashed, sending debris throughout the track.
In a report from Yahoo! Sports, Wilson, who was trailing behind Karam, was struck by the latter’s car’s nose cone. Though Wilson was wearing his helmet, the impact was so strong it penetrated through, knocking the British professional car racer unconscious and compelling Wilson’s car—Andretti Autosport Honda— to veer left and hit an inside wall.
Holmatro Safety Team responded and airlifted Wilson to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Cedar Crest in Allentown. He was in coma.
Verizon IndyCar Series website made the announcement on Wilson’s passing, describing the professional racer as someone “who enjoyed in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career.”
“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,” said Mark Miles, chief executive officer of Human & Co, parent company of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar.
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“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,” Miles continued. Wilson was survived by wife Julia and two daughters.