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08-24-2015, 09:45 PM #1
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after crash 1978-2015
Justin Wilson, who had seven victories in a 12-year career in U.S.-based open-wheel circuits, died Monday. He was 37.
IndyCar made the announcement on Monday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Englishman was competing in his sixth race this year for Andretti Autosport in what had originally been a two-race deal for both Indianapolis Motor Speedway events that was recently expanded to include the final five races of 2015.
Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday evening with a head injury after it appeared he was struck on the helmet by debris from Sage Karam's one-car crash in front of Wilson on the track.
With Wilson possibly unconscious, his car speared at nearly unabated speed into an angled wall protected by a SAFER barrier on the inside of the exit of Turn 1 near a gap in the wall where safety vehicles enter the track.
Wilson was known as a gentle giant among drivers. Soft-spoken and deeply analytical, Wilson was one of the most popular drivers among his peers, and his strong technical ability in suggesting tweaks to help the car perform better was evident in the Andretti team's recently improved form. Wilson finished second in the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 2 in his last event before Pocono.
08-24-2015, 10:28 PM #2
sad sad sad. racing still is and always will be dangerous. knew it was bad watching it live. just a sad day for motorsport