Death is a known part of life yet that never makes it easier. Often the reason for it not being easy is that the person was taken too soon or that they have left behind a family. That was the case when on Monday night, Indy Car called a press conference to inform the public that Justin Wilson has died. Wilson’s death came as a result of head injuries sustained during his crash with 21 laps to go Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Wilson was only 39 years young and had a wife and two children.
Wilson crashed as a result of the nose cone of Sage Karam’s car hitting him in the head. We now know that it knocked him out before he was sent into the inside wall. When the track safety team got to him he was unresponsive and unconscious, he was then taken via helicopter to a local hospital where he was in a coma.
Wilson had seven wins over the course of his career. When Dan Wheldon died in 2011, Wilson was at the forefront of the discussion on safety inside the cockpits. If anything good can come from this, hopefully it is IRL taking a better look at the cars they put their drivers in. McLaren has released a mock drawing of an enclosed cockpit. I actually believe it would not only look better and be better aero wise, but would most importantly be safer for the drivers.
In the words of Rich Eisen in regards to the late great Stuart Scott , “as you go to bed tonight,flip your pillow over to the cool side and before you go to bed tonight get on your knees and pray to the big man”.
We at The 110 Nation give our thoughts and prayers to the family of Justin Wilson and to the entire motosports community. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations made to his daughters’ trust fund: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. RIP Justin.