Former Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson has died at the age of 37 one day after suffering serious head injuries when being struck by debris at an IndyCar race in the United States at the weekend.
A statement released on www.IndyCar.com read: “INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury sustained in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
Mike Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co who owns IndyCar and Indianapolis Speedway, said: “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. 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.”
Wilson previously drove for Minardi and Jaguar in the 2003 Formula One season, securing a point for the latter at the United States Grand Prix.
He is survived by wife, Julia, and two daughters.
His family released a statement to say: “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.”