The 37 year old, from England, was an innocent bystander in an incident involving Sage Karam. His Chip Ganassi machine got loose and speared into the wall, leaving debris over the track. Wilson came around the corner and the nose cone of Karam’s Chevrolet bounced straight into the cockpit of Wilson’s vehicle. It appeared he lost consciousness as the car continued straight into the inside wall.
Following the incident, he was air lifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he was put into an induced Coma.
IndyCay CEO Mark Mile’s delivered the news at a press conference in Indianapolis.
“This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” IndyCar chief executive 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 passed away in the company of his family his brother Stefan, his loving wife Julia and his parents Keith and Lynn.”
“Justin’s elite ability to drive a racecar was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility which made him one of the most respected members of the paddock.”
The family of Wilson released the following statement:
“Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.”
“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.”
A trust has been setup to support Justin’s daughters Jane, 7, and Jessica, 5.