Justin Wilson has succumb to his injuries after his accident on Sunday at the Pocono Raceway.
The Sheffield born racer was 37 years old, and had raced in many series including Formula 1, Champ Car and IndyCar. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Justin was a well liked member of the international racing community. Known as a real racer’s racer, he made his way up through Formula Palmer Audi (winning the inaugural championship) and Formula 3000 (which he won by record margin). In 2003 this brought him a drive with Minardi in Formula 1, where he out performed his team mate Jos Verstappen by such a margin, that he was taken by Jaguar for the last few races of the season where he scored his first World Championship point. Unfortunately, his 6’4″ frame and going against a young and peaking Mark Webber meant he wasn’t able to secure a drive going forward. This lead Wilson to the United States where he drove in the Champ Car Championship, and then the reunited INDYCAR Championship.
In 2015 he didn’t have a full time drive, but remained active with Andretti Autosport, driving in a Formula E race, and then later on in the season back in INDYCAR, where his performances were impressing once again (including a second place podium at Mid-Ohio).
Sadly, Justin lost his life after being struck on the head by a piece of debris in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, PA. His car drifted to a halt on track where he was airlifted to hospital in critical condition. He passed away 24 hours later.
Our thoughts and well wishes go to his family and friends at this sad time.