Driver Justin Wilson Dies at Verizon IndyCar Series
Published: August 25 2015 By @elanmcafee
On August 24, 2015, racing enthusiasts were shocked to learn (and - in some cases - see firsthand) that driver Justin Wilson died during the Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway. The 37-year-old driver was tragically hit in the head with debris that came off of rookie Sage Karam's car when it went spinning on lap 179. The incident marks the first death in a major United States-based race since Dan Wheldon was killed in 2011.
Immediately after the accident, Wilson was rushed to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest in Allentown, PA for treatment. On Sunday the 23rd, he was listed as having a serious head and injury and being in a coma. Despite the efforts of health care professionals, Justin Wilson died as a result of those injuries the following day. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and his daughters, Jane and Jessica.
Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co, which is the parent company to IndyCar and the Indianapolis Speedway, made some public remarks on the tragedy: "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 . . 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."