IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after Pocono Raceway crash

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INDIANAPOLIS – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson passed away Monday after a crash at Pocono Raceway Sunday night.

IMS President Doug Boles and IndyCar President Mark Miles made the announcement just after 9 p.m. Monday.

“It is with profound sadness we announce Justin Wilson died this evening as a result of a head injury,” said Miles.

Wilson, 37, was hit in the head by a large piece of debris that broke off Sage Karam’s car when Karam spun into the wall. His car veered left and directly into an interior wall.

Wilson was swarmed by the safety crew and airlifted from the track.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race Sunday. After the race, he said,  “My first thoughts are with Justin. I have no details right now. It’s a bit hard not knowing anything.”

After the announcement, Wilson’s family issued the following statement:

With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.

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.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.

Wilson Children’s Fund

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