IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dead at 37

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IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dead at 37

Justin Wilson has passed away at the age of 37 from injuries suffered in an accident at Pocono Raceway.

Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania Sunday evening following an accident where it appeared debris from Sage Karam’s one-car accident hit his helmet. It is believed that Wilson was possibly unconscious when his car hit an angled wall protected by a SAFER barrier on the inside of the exit of Turn 1.

Wilson had seven victories in his 12-year career in U.S.-based open wheel racing and was competing in his sixth race for Andretti Autosport this year. Wilson originally had a two-race deal for both Indianapolis Motor Speedway events, but the deal was expanded to cover the final five races of this season.

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Wilson recently finished second in the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier this month. In total, he made 174 career starts in IndyCar and Champ Car with eight career poles, 47 top-five finishes and 94 top-10s. He is survived by his wife Julia and children Jane and Jessica.

  • smartacus

    i wonder if this will prompt a switch to duckbill helmets and more anti-whiplash safeguards

  • steveinglendale

    I sure hope this ushers in more safety. I was at Las Vegas when Whelan died. Just before that occurred I said to my wife and daughter that they could not safely keep up that pace on this track. Well…

    Indy is back into the speed business, which is good, but safety lags horribly